Friday, 14 September 2012

Entry: reveille (n.)

In context: "Somebody always throws up a little; it's like the drills' reveille."

Definition: A signal indicating that it is time to wake or get up; spec. a signal used to awaken personnel in the armed forces, typically sounded on the bugle or drums. Also: the time at which this signal is given; the time for waking or rising from bed. Esp. in early use, freq. to beat the reveille.

Other: The worst noise in the world for me is the standard alarm clock screech.   I now almost always wake up just a few minutes prior, automatically, so that I can avoid really viscerally appreciating DFW's "For Orin Incandenza, #71, morning is the soul's night."

SNOOT score: 2
 
Page: 452

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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