Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Entry: Balaclavan (adj.)

In context: "Though of the alcoholics and drug addicts who compose over 70% of a given year's suicides, some try to go out with a great garish Balaclavan gesture..."

Definition: From balaclava (n.) (I think):   Balaclava helmet (also Balaclava cap): a woollen covering for the head and neck worn esp. by soldiers on active service; named after the Crimean village of Balaclava near Sebastopol, the site of a battle fought in the Crimean war, 25 October 1854. Also ellipt.

Other: Here are a few pictures.  Every Canadian ought to know what a balaclava is, though only out of wintery necessity.

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Page: 348

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   


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