Tuesday, September 25, 2012

word of the day: klieg

The word of the day is klieg:

Etymology:  < the name of two brothers, A. T. and J. H. Kliegl, who invented it in the U.S.
a. In full, klieg light. Orig., a kind of arc lamp invented for use as a studio light; hence, any powerful electric light used in film-making, or in television. (OED)

"If Sameen became his public spokesperson, the media would camp outside her house and there would be no escape from the glare of publicity; her private life, her daughter’s life, would become a thing of klieg lights and microphones."

 - Salman Rushdie, "The disappeared: How the fatwa changed a writer's life", 17 September 2012 The New Yorker

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