parce que c'est le fete de Bastille

Erin McKean editor at VERBATIMMAG.COM
Tue Aug 1 23:11:25 UTC 2000

Some more old-newsitude . . .

Thomas Paikeday's dictionary has "Man the barricades, citizen!" as an
example sentence at "barricade."

I don't think a dictionary for native speakers would put this in as
it is (to me, at least) transparent. A learner's dictionary might, if
"barricade" made the cut. Haven't checked that. . .

And to commingle threads disgracefully, the only interpretation of
"o.g." I had was "original gangsta." (I listen to much too much bad
rap music.)

Erin McKean
editor at

>Why won't a single dictionary editor admit this expression into his book?
>barricades; to (at, on) the
>barricades; man (woman) the
>Have collected and submitted more than a dozen examples of this idiom from
>respected periodicals, by well-regarded authors, over a period of the last
>ten years, attesting to its general acceptance, but nobody wants to print
>DEF = (to join) the revolution; to be a revolutionary; to prepare to do
>battle for the Cause (any cause); to be where the new action is (as in 1789)
>Aux armes, citoyens!
>Bernie Kane

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