I was once booked by my manager to give a causerie in the drawing-room of a New York millionaire. Mark Twain, "A Little Note to M. Paul Bourget," How to Tell a Story and Other Essays, 1897
It hardly seemed a speech when he was at the tribune, more like a causerie, though he told very plain truths sometimes to the peuple souverain. Mary Alsop King Waddington, My First Years as a Frenchwoman, 1914
Years of intensive hypnopaedia and, from twelve to seventeen, Malthusian drill three times a week had made the taking of these precautions almost as automatic and inevitable as blinking. Aldous Huxley, Brave New World, 1932
The idea that humans can learn while asleep, a concept sometimes called hypnopedia, has a long and odd history. It hit a particularly strange note in 1927, when New York inventor A. B. Saliger debuted the Psycho-phone. He billed the device as an “automatic suggestion machine.” Ben Guarino, "Your brain can form new memories while you are asleep, neuroscientists show," Washington Post, August 8, 2017
Next time you buy strawberries take a look a good look in the punnet. Do the berries still have the stem attached or has it been plucked off leaving only the green hat of leaves called the calyx? Lucy Hooker, "The strawberry-picking robots doing a job humans won't," BBC, May 25, 2018
We've each got a cardboard tray with twenty-five punnets in, and our job's to fill each punnet with ripe strawberries, or nearly ripe. David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks, 2014
Isopolity agreements offered states and their citizens a way to share most fully in each other's judicial systems, political processes, religious and cultural life, without giving up their prized mutual autonomy. Richard Billows, "International Relations," The Cambridge History of Greek and Roman Warfare, Volume I, 2007
In the nineteenth century, the British lawyer and legal theorist A. V. Dicey proposed the creation of a common citizenship, or “isopolity,” between the United States and the United Kingdom. Linda Kinstler, "A New Way for the Wealthy to Shop for Citizenships," The New Yorker, June 11, 2016
These anti-fans see, in new casts and storylines, the agendas of blinkered Social Justice Warriors more interested in diversity quotas and Signaling Virtue than making good movies. Adam Rogers, "Star Wars and the Battle of the Ever-More-Toxic Fan Culture," Wired, June 6, 2018
I felt my temperature rise at the thought of LaFramboise's blinkered arrogance. R. J. Harlick, Death's Golden Whisper, 2004
... is there anything lower than stealing from an epigone? John Simon, "Goo on an Island," New York, November 5, 1990
The palace was partly designed by a famous architect of the time, López i Porta, one of Gaudi's epigones, and partly by Benvingut himself, which explains the labyrinthine, chaotic, indecisive layout of every storey in the building. Roberto Bolaño, The Skating Rink, translated by Chris Andrews, 2009
Only a few discerned the inexorable firmness in the depth of his soul, and the magnanimous and leonine qualities of his nature. Plutarch (c46–c120), "Fabius Maximus," Plutarch's Lives, Volume III, translated by Bernadotte Perrin, 1916
George Clooney was at home in Los Angeles one afternoon in mid-January, a few days before he flew to Sudan in his new role as a United Nations “Messenger of Peace” (an appointment that overlooked reports of a recent public scuffle with Fabio, the leonine model).
Ian Parker, "Somebody Has to Be in Control,"