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Today, Thur. 03SEP09

Road Rage Remedy:
Peer Gynt Suite No. 1, (Op. 46) - 1. Morning by Edvard Grieg

March of the Day:
The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa

The Worthless Word for the Day:
sabrage [F. sabrer] /sah BRAHDZH/ the act of opening a bottle, usu. champagne, with a sabre

"You might think the result will be lots of broken glass and mess, but the skill of sabrage lies in hitting the bottle hard just at the bottom edge of the annulus, the glass ring at the top of the neck. The blow breaks the neck off cleanly, complete with cork." - Michael Quinion, World Wide Words, 15JUL2006

"With a deft and decisive blow, he relieves the bubbly of its cork with one foul swoop and the top of the bottle, glass and all, flies to the bricks below. A rush of pent-up, foamy champagne gushes from the beheaded bottle. Bonaparte would be proud. After all, it was his mounted artillery officers who perfected the "art of sabrage," albeit back in the early 1800s, the beheading was usually done on live victims following bloody crusades." - Rick VanSickle, Calgary Sun August 6, 2006

Date: 2009-09-03 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wyyknot.livejournal.com
"with one foul swoop"

Why are sabre swoops always foul?

Date: 2009-09-03 04:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] galdrin.livejournal.com
Perhaps it is a misspelling ... perhaps he meant fowl swoop. There are certainly many different kinds of fowl that swoop, and not all fowl are foul, either. Something to think about.


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