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Brewer's: Bête Noire

The thorn in the side, the bitter in the cup, the spoke in the wheel, the black sheep, the object of aversion. A black sheep has always been considered an eyesore in a flock, and its wool i…

Brewer's: Bande Noire

Properly, a black band; metaphorically, the Vandal Society. Those capitalists that bought up the Church property confiscated in the great French revolution were so called, because they reck…

Brewer's: Cordon Noir

(Un). A knight of the Order of St. Michael, distinguished by a black ribbon. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Cordon RougeCordon Bleu A B C D E F G H I…

Poem: Rouge et Noir

Poem 2 Poem 4 Rouge et Noir Soul, wilt thou toss again? By just such a hazard Hundreds have lost, indeed, But tens have won an all. Angels' breathless ballot Lingers to record thee; Imps …

Brewer's: Rouge et Noir

(French, red and black). A game of chance; so called because of the red and black diamonds marked on the board. The dealer deals out to noir first till the sum of the pips exceeds thirty, t…

Poems by Emily Dickinson: Rouge et Noir

by EmilyDickinsonIIRouge GagneRouge et Noir Rouge et Noir Soul, wilt thou toss again? By just such a hazard Hundreds have lost, indeed, But tens have won an all. Angels' breathless ballot…

Poems by Emily Dickinson: Rouge et Noir

II Rouge Gagne Rouge et Noir Soul, wilt thou toss again? By just such a hazard Hundreds have lost, indeed, But tens have won an all. Angels' breathless ballot Lingers to record the…

Brewer's: Le Roi le Veut

(French, The king wills it.) The form of royal assent made by the clerk of parliament to bills submitted to the Crown. The dissent is expressed by Le roi s'avisera (the king will give it hi…

Marine Le Pen

Marine Le Pen is the former president of the National Front (FN) party of France, and the youngest daughter of that party's founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen. She grew up in her father's political world, an…

Ursula K. Le Guin

Name at birth: Ursula KroeberAmerican author Ursula K. Le Guin was one of the more lauded science fiction authors of the 20th century, the author of The Earthsea Trilogy and The Left Hand of Darkness.…