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Nicole Kidman brought her 6 feet of glamour to the Eccles Theatre for the premiere of “Stoker,” a thriller from Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park that feels like the love child of David Lynch, Tim Burton and “Jane Eyre.” As a woman whose daughter (Mia Wasikowska) becomes the focus of a murderous relative (Matthew Goode), Kidman continued following the offbeat sixth sense that previously led her to “Birth,” “Fur” and “The Paperboy.” (Joe Neumaier)BlueRidgeNow focuses on the word 'cliff':
The word “cliff” has been all over the news the past few weeks. There are all kinds of cliffs. We have “people” cliffs, like Heathcliff from “Wuthering Heights” and Cliff Clavin, the mailman who homesteaded on a stool in the “Cheers” pub. (Dawn Kucera)And the Baltimore Sun's You Don't Say looks at the word 'supercilious' by quoting an example from Jane Eyre.
The handy British expression toffee-nosed, for "pretentiously superior" or "snobbish," is evocative but informal. For starchy occasions you may want to use supercilious (pronounced soo-per-SIL-e-as). A supercilious person displays that he thinks himself superior to others, is disdainful, contemptuous, haughty, or scornful.Chicago Mag picks a 'rabbit fur snood' for its style sheet describing it as
He raises his eyebrow at you if you presume to address him. The word combines the Latin super, "above" and cilium, "eyelid." The raised eyebrows of the haughty have been on display for millennia.
Example: From Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre: "Blanche Ingram, after having repelled, by supercilious taciturnity, some efforts of Mrs Dent and Mrs Eshton to draw her into conversation, had first murmured over some sentimental tunes and airs on the piano, and then, having fetched a novel from the library, had flung herself in haughty listlessness on a sofa and prepared to beguile, by the spell of fiction, the tedious hours of absence." (John E. McIntyre)
wide enough for you to pull over your head if need be, Catherine-and-Heathcliff-on-the-moors style. (Elizabeth Fenner)Yeah, everyone knows that Catherine and Heathcliff never left for the moors without their rabbit fur snoods.