Saturday, March 05, 2005

CC at the Opera Entries to the Chan Dictionary

We are adding a few entries from Charlie Chan at the Opera into our Chan Dictionary from our Monday Night Chat Movie:

Aria: (1) a solo vocal piece with an instrumental accompaniment, as in an opera.
(2) An air; a melody.

Baritone: a male singer or voice with a range higher that a bass and lower than a tenor.

Bracelets: (slang) handcuffs.

Canary: (slang) a singer.

Chaise Longue: (French: long chair) an elongated seat or couch with a support for the back at one end and a seat (or foot stool)long enough to support the legs and feet.
(Pronounced: chase long)

Chop Suey: (slang) a racial slur used at Asians or people of Asian ancestry.

Coagulated: to have gathered together or formed into a thicker mass or group.

Cold Turkey: (slang) someone who is aloof, apart from things.

Dame: (archaic slang) a woman.

Firecracker: (slang) someone or something reminiscent of (usually paper) cylinders that contain an explosive and a fuse that makes noise when set off.

Ham: (slang) a performer who overacts or exaggerates.

Hitting the Pipe: (slang) slur referring to opium pipe users.

Hypothesis: a tentative explanation for an observation, phenomenon, or scientific problem that can be tested by further and independent investigation.

Incognito: the condition of having a disguised or concealed identity.

Joint: (slang) building or "hangout."

Mephisto: Another name for Satan.

Prima Donna: (1) the leading woman soloist in an opera company
(2) a temperamental, conceited person.

Puccini, Verdi, Wagner: Three well-known composers of operas: Giacomo Puccini, Giuseppe Verdi and Richard Wagner.
Soup and Fish: (slang) a tuxedo or other men's evening wear. The earliest citation for "soup and fish" in the Oxford English Dictionary comes from a P.G. Wodehouse story in 1918, but it may be assumed that the phrase was in common usage for some time, probably since the 19th century, before Wodehouse invoked it.

Teletype: tradename of a device that can send typed messages over telephone lines to a receiving device.


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