NABOKV-L post 0010738, Wed, 8 Dec 2004 09:36:54 -0800

Fwd: RE: more on lunette

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Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2004 22:26:20 -0500
From: George Shimanovich <>

> Why did VN choose such rare terms--anide, lunette, kix?

Sound like words one may like to play in scrabble. - George

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From: Vladimir Nabokov Forum [mailto:NABOKV-L@LISTSERV.UCSB.EDU] On
Behalf Of Donald B. Johnson
Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 7:20 PM
Subject: Fw: more on lunette

Jansy sent me the difinitions of "lunette" given by COD. When I
translated TT, I was
satisfied with the 3rd definition in Webster 2 (as Jansy cited, "the
hole in a guillotine for the victim's neck") and did not think about its
meaning any more. I confess I did not know the other dictionaries did
not give that meaning. I have just found Webster 3 does not have it
either! Why did VN choose such rare terms--anide, lunette, kix? Another
definition of lunette in Webster 2, "a watch crystal flattened in the
center" reminds me of "The entire solar system is but a reflection in
the crystal of my (or your) wrist watch" in the last letter from Mr. R.
It sounds close to the kix too. But I have no idea about the meaning of
the crystal connection.


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From: "Jansy Berndt de Souza Mello" <>

To: "Akiko Nakata" <>

Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 10:34 AM

Subject: Fw: more on lunette

> Concise Oxford Dictionary:
> 1. an arched aperture in a domed ceiling to admit light;
> 2. a crescent-shaped (meniscus? JM ) or semicircular space or alcove
> contains a painting, statue ( not a Pauline Anide, I $B!- (Bm
> 3. a watch-glass of flattened shape;
> 4. a ring through which a hook is placed to attach a vehicle to the
> towing it;
> 5. a temporary fortification with two faces forming a salient angle,
> flanks;
> 6. RC Church a holder for the consecrated host in a monstrance.
> French diminutive of lune.
> In the Oxford Dic. there is no entry for the "guillotine", as in the
> mailing with: " the hole in the guillotine for the victim $B!- (Bs
neck" by
> L. Taylor in the Websters! ( I wonder why )

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