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Blondie
the gaffe-prone, frivolous wife of Dagwood Bumstead. [Comics: Horn, 118]
Dobson, Zuleika
charming young lady who unconcernedly dazzles Oxford undergraduates. [Br. Lit.: Magill II, 1169]
Golightly, Holly
madcap New York playgirl, indulges in wacky escapades. [Am. Lit.: Capote Breakfast at Tiffany’s in Hart, 133]
grasshopper
sings instead of storing away food. [Animal Symbolism: Mercatante, 108]
Lescaut, Manon
amorally chooses luxury above loyalty. [Ital. Opera: Puccini, Manon Lescaut, Westerman, 346]
Merry Mount
colonists frolic around Maypole, causing Morton’s arrest. [Am. Hist.: Hart, 543]
Misanthrope
exposes frivolity and inconsistency of French society (1600s). [Fr. Lit.: Le Misanthrope]
Nickleby, Mrs.
forever introducing inapposite topics into conversations. [Br. Lit.: Nicholas Nickleby]
Yorick, Mr.
traveling on the Continent, he and his servant engage in a series of casual love affairs. [Br. Lit.: Sterne A Sentimental Journey in Magill I, 879]
Allusions—Cultural, Literary, Biblical, and Historical: A Thematic Dictionary. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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He added: 'I am not in politics for fun, frivolity or to amass wealth, I have always been driven by a deep sense of commitment to make a difference to the lives of our people.
If people think that it is all about frivolity, then perhaps it would be enlightening if they could inquire deeper into the thing that they are commenting on rather than engage in knee-jerk reactions.
In reading Greta Christina's Fierce Humanism column about the meaning of life ("In Praise of Frivolity," M/J 2013), it's interesting to note the link between evolution (the true meaning of life) and what makes us feel good, in that evolution has defined the things that make humans feel good.
Readers of the Guardian and the New York Times Magazine may recognize the dark humor of Tom Gauld, whose sizable new collection of cartoons pokes fun at literature of all stripes--putting a Beckettian spin on Tintin, for instance, and imagining a Bronte sisters video game--not to mention futurism, religion, modern art, and human hubris and frivolity. In one bit, a pretentious worm derides his inquisitor as superficial for asking, "Are you happy?" The question is redirected at a bird that has arrived to devour the affronted worm.
I, of course, could not join in the fun and frivolity as I had two shows that day and I left early because I'm not on the pop- It's like those films where two people switch bodies.
HAIRY Bikers Si King and Dave Myers stopped off at Newcastle's City Hall for a day of food and frivolity with their 'Larger Than Live' tour.
They embark upon an adventure they'll never forget, with fun, frolics, frocks, and frivolity, bursting with timeless songs and outrageous outfits.
024 7645 1041/715729 WEDNESDAY Twixtmas Frivolity: Bedworth Folk Club, Bedworth Rugby Club, Rectory Fields, Smarts Road, Bedworth, 8.30pm, free (raffle and jug collection).
Commenting on Egyptian blogger Aliaa al-Mahdi who appeared fully nude on her blog and Facebook, sparking a heated controversy in conservative Egypt, Sateh Noureddin, managing editor of the leftist newspaper AS SAFIR, wrote in his column on November 25: "Despite the frivolity which appeared on the face of the young blogger Aliaa al-Mahdi, her fully nude picture on the Internet, through which she wanted to express her rebellion against attempts to seize Egypt's revolution by the military and the Islamists, reflected part of the intense debate among the sons of the young Egyptian generation who have made an historic achievement which they have not so far been able to exploit or benefit from.
Commenting on Egyptian blogger Aliaa al-Mahdi who appeared fully nude on her blog and Facebook, sparking a heated controversy in conservative Egypt, Sateh Noureddin, managing editor of the leftist newspaper AS SAFIR, wrote in his column on Thursday: "Despite the frivolity which appeared on the face of the young blogger Aliaa al-Mahdi, her fully nude picture on the Internet, through which she wanted to express her rebellion against attempts to seize Egypt's revolution by the military and the Islamists, reflected part of the intense debate among the sons of the young Egyptian generation who have made a historic achievement which they have not so far been able to exploit or benefit from.
Dana Berliner, a senior attorney at the Institute for Justice, the public interest law firm representing Main and Encounter, said "the appeals court has exposed the frivolity of Royall's lawsuit, holding that Royall failed to prove that a single word of Bulldozed defames him."
This week he welcomes more famous faces to the studio for another round of gossip and frivolity. They include actress Jessie Wallace, whose BAFTAnominated turn as Pat Phoenix in The Road to Coronation Street proved she is one of Blighty's best thesps.