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Mieux voir pour mieux écouter: propice aux correspondances entre les arts, votre nouvelle saison musicale est notamment placée sous le signe de la nuit, dont les ombres, l’obscurité et le silence qui l’environnent nous permettent d’aiguiser nos sens et ainsi de mieux voir et de mieux écouter le monde qui nous entoure. Telle est la leçon des peintres de la nuit, dont les collections du musée offrent maints exemples ; telle est aussi la leçon des musiques et des musiciens de la nuit, à qui un grand cycle de concerts est consacré au début de l’année 2018.
Leçons de ténèbres baroques et sérénades classiques y côtoient des pièces emblématiques comme le Trio « Les Esprits » de Beethoven ou la Nuit transfigurée de Schönberg. Autour de ce rendez-vous, deux autres personnalités sensibles au dialogue des arts sont mises à l’honneur. D’un côté, Claude Debussy, musicien épris d’arts visuels ayant cherché l’inspiration aussi bien dans les galeries du Louvre que dans le spectacle de la nature ; de l’autre, Eugène Delacroix, un peintre mélomane à qui le Louvre consacre une grande exposition au printemps 2018. Enfin, cette nouvelle saison s’ouvre comme l’année passée par un cycle nous rappelant les grandes heures musicales du Palais et de ses environs aux 17e et 18e siècles : une belle occasion de se souvenir que c’est aux Tuileries qu’ont résonné pour la première fois en France Les Quatre Saisons de Vivaldi !
Au sein de ces différents cycles, tous les rendez-vous habituels vous sont proposés : des concerts les mercredis et vendredis soir pour retrouver les meilleurs musiciens de la scène classique internationale ; des concerts d’une heure le jeudi à 12h30 pour découvrir une nouvelle génération d’interprètes pleine de promesses ; enfin, votre nouveau rendez-vous du week-end, avec des concerts d’une heure le samedi à 16h, un moment idéal pour profiter des plus grandes oeuvres du répertoire après une visite au musée, seul, entre amis ou en famille (concerts gratuits pour les détenteurs de la carte Louvre Famille). Plus que jamais donc, l’auditorium s’affirme comme une scène à la croisée des arts au coeur même du Louvre, le musée des musiciens.
Everything about this little bee is adorable, including her knees.
Definition : a highly admired person or thing
A bee's knees are, like our own, joints between each leg's
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. While we have only two, they have six (though they're not often referred to as such in technical contexts). And what knees they are! Splendid enough that they have, since at least the 1920s, conjured by mere mention the idea of something excellent—specifically a person or thing to be greatly admired.
But it cannot be ignored: a bee's knees are also very, very small. In fact, their size was the first thing English speakers associated them with, as best we can tell. In earliest known use, the term
was applied in
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to emphasize just how little or insignificant something was:
"Take a slice; there's a good fellow." "Well, if I do," said Ned, "let it be only the bigness of a bee's knee."
— James Grant, The Great Metropolis , 1836
Celebrate your next victory by letting that cork fly.
Definition : one that is excellent or remarkable
If you cork a bottle you're a corker (especially if you do it professionally and/or as a piece of machinery). You're also a corker if you're a person or thing that is excellent or remarkable. That complimentary meaning of corker appears to date to the late 19th century, but is preceded by a meaning that has in the intervening years mostly faded from use. There is early 19th century evidence of corker referring to something that "corks" a discussion or argument, as it were; that is, something that puts an end to it.
The speaker in the following excerpt is, it seems, trying to be both non-bottling kinds of corkers:
"You think so now, because I am not appearing at my best. You see me nervous, diffident, tongue-tied. All this will wear off, however, and you will be surprised and delighted as you begin to understand my true self. Beneath the surface—I speak conservatively—I am a corker!"
— P.G. Wodehouse, Picadilly Jim , 1917
Someone practicing their Yelp reviewing skills.
Definition : one that is remarkable or outstanding
The seventh puzzle was a dilly, conceived by Henry Hook, a frequent tormentor of readers of the Boston Sunday Globe.
— E. J. Kahn, Jr., The New Yorker , 11 May 1987
A dilly is delightful, and that's not a coincidence. The noun comes from an obsolete adjective dilly that means "delightful," and that likely came about by some nipping and tucking of the word delightful itself (though technically the process is more properly called "shortening and alteration"). Dilly has a number of other meanings, all too obscure for this dictionary. As a noun, dilly can refer to a horse-drawn wagon or cart, a duck, a daffodil, and a sapodilla . As an adjective it can mean "silly" or "foolish" (especially in Australian English), and as a verb it's a shortened form of dillydally .
All cats believe they should be admired.
Definition : a highly admired person or thing
The word meow (which the British spell miaow ) on its own refers to the cry of a cat, as is obvious to anyone who's heard a cat's cry. Currently available evidence dates that use to the late 1500s. Along the way meow developed the secondary meaning "a spiteful or malicious remark." Mid-20th century journalist Walter Winchell sometimes had a "meow of the week" in his gossip columns.
But the meow in cat's meow is clearly of a more charming variety. It's referred to someone or something greatly admired since at least the 1920s. The terms is often employed with a nod to its feline heritage:
When a salesperson says their product is the cat's meow, be careful that you don't get caught in the claws.
— John Droz, The Hill , 16 Nov. 2012
The trophy shelf of a Jim-Dandy needs to be super sturdy.
Definition : something excellent of its kind
This word (which also functions as an adjective) involves two men, though only one is named outright and both are possibly wholly fictional. Some 19th century Jim was apparently a fine fellow. Centuries before him, a Jack was not quite so admired. We'll deal with the conspicuous first: the
does indeed come from the name
. All evidence suggests Jim was loved by all, or was, at least, excellent. The
, however, likely comes from the word
, which is defined in Merriam-Webster Unabridged as "a little
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He seemed surprised when he saw most of the back yard in the front yard, but he said we had done a jim-dandy job.
— Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird , 1960
Thumbs up for pips everywhere.
Definition : one extraordinary of its kind
Pip , which also refers to a small fruit seed like that found in an apple or orange or pear, comes from the word pippin , a term that covers similar territory. A pippin is a crisp and tart apple (especially good for pies and the like), as well as a person or thing that is, or should be, highly admired.
"I wish, darling, you could have seen my drive at the eighth just now. It was a pip!"
— P.G. Wodehouse, The Clicking of Cuthbert , 1922
has a number of
(words that are spelled and pronounced like it but that have different meanings and etymologies), each of which has several senses.
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can refer to a disease that birds get, a nonspecific human ailment, and, in British English, a feeling of irritation or annoyance. Pip can also refer to one of the dots on dice or dominoes, among other things. Or, it can , also in British English, refer to a short, high-pitched tone. Pip is also a verb. Er, make that two: one means , in part, "to break open the shell of an egg in hatching"; the other means "to beat by a narrow margin." That last one is also British.