avant la lettre

avant la lettre

Before something (a word, phrase, name, or specific entity, especially that which is anachronistic) was coined or created. From the French meaning "before the letter." So-called "hipsters" have always existed avant la lettre, but it's only in the last few decades that we've attempted to create a label for them.
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En effet, ils peuvent se targuer tous de tres bonnes performances realisees au cours de leur derniere sortie, un pari mutuel de grande qualite, une sorte de grand prix avant la lettre, semblable a une revue des dernieres retouches qui peuvent etre apportees en prevision du Grand Prix du President de la Republique qui initialement prevu le 14 novembre a du etre reporte au 28 du meme mois.
In his readiness to discard traditional methods and pick up whatever objects happened to be lying around that might serve his purposes, he abandoned categories and convention, becoming a post-media artist avant la lettre.
Shes thinking of Irene of Rome, fag hag avant la lettre, the one who took Sebastian home, worked the arrows out and washed the wounds, washed his skin, tended him.
Au Mali, la presse envisage deja une victoire avant la lettre, considerant que le tirage au sort de ce premier tour est clement pour l'equipe de Bamako.
Sur le dernier theme, celui de la confessionnalisation ou pas des cooperatives, nul doute que le pere Levesque par son refus de la confessionnalisation favorisa avant la lettre une "revolution tranquille" dans les organisations de la societe civile.
Among those blog posts avant la lettre was one devoted to Ted Stamm's then all but unknown paintings.
She died, a suicide, in 1972; her often disturbing, avant la lettre intertextual/appropriative works, in sophisticated dialogue with Continental theory (she lived in Paris for many years, where she was Julio Cortazar's dear friend), along with a fierce, self-reflexive deconstruction of authorial self and signification--including employment of New Sentence-like procedures--beats the Language poets by a good decade.
He suggests that practitioners of East Central European history have long integrated comparative with transnational approaches avant la lettre and uses their example as a model for European history as a whole.
Obama even pulled a Netanyahu avant la lettre and declared, "Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel, and it must remain undivided.
John Winthrop had adumbrated the idea, avant la lettre, in his sermon famously known as the "City upon a Hill", in 1630, before even setting foot in the New World.
Moreover, Moran asserts, "Husserl is already attempting a kind of eidetic phenomenology avant la lettre.
Giovanni repeatedly and extravagantly professed his no-doubt-genuine devotion to Lorenzo, but--consummate hedge-funder avant la lettre that he was--he also enjoyed a long and close relationship with the Estensi rulers of Ferrara, who in 1475 enrolled him formally into their house.
Focusing on Barton's rendering of Jesus as a figure out of Dale Carnegie--indeed, as a veritable adman avant la lettre, hawking his teachings around the Holy Land--historians have typically interpreted Barton as epitomizing the nation's entree in the 1920s into modernity.
It's just as remarkable that in a masculinity-obsessed America, this metrosexual ruled the roost avant la lettre.
Cette demarche permet de montrer que le texte de Lafitau constitue une oeuvre ethnographique avant la lettre, que c'est un texte d'une etonnante modernite, contenant les premices de problemes debattus par l'anthropologie actuelle.