Thursday, August 23, 2007

Word of the Week: "Stentorian"

As an aide memoire to myself I have decided, whenever possible, to illustrate a word a week whose meaning was either hazy or unknown to me before.

This week's word is stentorian,
here applied to the late great (grand) Dame Edith Evans
as Lady Bracknell in Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"

Stentorian a. Of or relating to a person with a powerful voice
[from Gk. Stentor, herald in Trojan War
(Homer, Iliad v.785)]

It can be very hard to capture a likeness well
I certainly didn't want to create a 'caricature' as such
(shudders at thought of 'pavement artists' around leicester square!)
but I do think I've caught something of the old trout

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