Word of the Day

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émi·nence grise
Pronunciation: A-mE-näns-grEz
Function: noun
: a confidential agent; especially : one exercising unsuspected or unofficial power

Used to describe Carl ROVE, get outta town!!

Although one can scarcely tell by checking Memeorandum, there is other news than Newsweek in the “Immedia” – Bill Frist may press the nuclear button this week on behalf of Judge Priscilla Owens of Texas. The Times tells us that Karl Rove is the eminence grise behind her rise, which is the sort of connection that Avedon Carol loves to read about.

Oh Lordy! Well-read fellas who write all purdy make me tingly
*Inflected Form(s): plural éminences grises /same/
Etymology: French, literally, gray eminence, nickname of Père Joseph (François du Tremblay) died 1638 French monk and diplomat, confidant of Cardinal Richelieu who was known as Éminence Rouge red eminence; from the colors of their respective habits

9 Responses to “Word of the Day”

  1. Nightfly says:

    This only reminds me of the Who song “Eminence Front.” It’s a put-on!

  2. Ken Summers says:

    M&Ms grease? If you say so…

  3. The Real JeffS says:

    Isn’t “Gray Eminence” a rap “artist”? 😛

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    Eminem’s Grease?

  5. Ken Summers says:

    “Eminence grise” – that’s so yesterday.

  6. Ken Summers says:

    But wouldn’t Eminence Grease be a great name for a rock band?

  7. Ken Summers says:

    Yoo hoo! Anyone home?

  8. Mr. Bingley says:

    Sorry! I’m back…

  9. And I’m not paying attention to any of you.

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