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language fiddling - 9 12 2005 - 09:01 - katatonik


The name silhouette derives from the miserly French finance minister, Étienne de Silhouette from the 1760s, who was known to be fond of doing things cheaply, including making paper cutouts at home. The populace wore black clothing to mock the unfeeling taxation overlord, going ‘a la silhouette’ in protest. The name, but not the negative connotation, stuck.

Silhouettes at the fabulous BibliOdyssey.

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