Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Word of the day: galère

The word of the day is galère:

a group of people having an attribute in common

French, galley, from Middle French, from Catalan galera, from Middle Greek galea
First Use: 1756


"And it was as if Bernhardt’s camera had set itself the task of individualization, because here was a black-and-white galère of immediately and endearingly recognizable shapes and faces, bantering, yawning, frowning, grinning, scowling, weeping, in postures of exhaustion, stoic dynamism, and, of course, extreme uncertainty and dismay. . . ."

 - Martin Amis, "Oktober", 7 December 2015 The New Yorker (

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