Saturday, October 15, 2005

Dictionary time for Charlie Chan at the Opera, our Monday Night Chat Room Movie at www.charliechan.info, 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (EDT) and we start our tapes/DVD's at 8:30.
(This still, courtesy of www.charliechan.info, shows Mme.
Lili Rochele, the prima donna in Inspector Regan's office.)
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 than 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 longs 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.
PUCCINl, VERDI, WAGNER: Three well-known composers of Operas: Giacomo Pucchini, Guseppe 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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