1927, in reference to a personality test using ink blots, developed by Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach (1885-1922). The town so named on the Swiss side of Lake Constance is from an early form of German Röhr "reeds" + Schachen "lakeside."
Think of its twisted outline as a rorschach blot for a society—maybe a civilization.
As Entertainment Weekly reviewed, "Haley, full of spitting fury and loathing, makes [rorschach] a gripping hellion."
Mitt Romney is a rorschach test, with voters seeing what they want to see.
He was a rorschach test, vaulted into the presidency by positive perceptions and unrealistic expectations.
The left failed the rorschach Test in which they thought they saw the real Obama.
On the rorschach they had done a little better, at least in volume of response.
Call it a rorschach blot—but even for that, the months of seeing it had made it impossible to see it at all.
Then turning to the boatmen, she bade them "give way" with a will, and pull their best for rorschach.
It was in this easy chit-chat they sat down to their coffee in the little inn at rorschach.
While the steamboat lay at the wharf at rorschach, two stout porters came on board, and shouldered his baggage to take it ashore.
Rorschach Ror·schach (rôr'shäk', -shäKH'), Hermann. 1884-1922.
Swiss psychiatrist. His inkblot test, introduced in 1921, has become a standard clinical diagnostic tool in psychiatry.