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the mot juste

The precise word you want to use; the exactly right word. The phrase is French for "right word." When I'm writing, there's no better feeling than having the mot juste come right into your head for what you're trying to express.
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For Flaubert, the mot juste is an ethical as well as aesthetic ideal, a tonic for the "mots banals" of commerce, generalization and prejudice ((Euvres 1.184).
Even Flaubert himself, with his variations and his "frenzied search" for the mot juste, would seem to be far too pedantic for Arbasino.
So, as they say on the Holte End, O'Neill had found 'le mot juste'.
And "spell" is the mot juste for Donaghy: his poems are musical utterances (almost incantations at times) meant to ward off dread and the pain of loss.
"Pragmatic" rather than "pastoral" is Ratzinger's mot juste for the reformism preceding and following the Second Vatican Council (cf.
He could unerringly find what Bertie Wooster,when consulting Jeeves, referred to as the mot juste. Give the Bard an extra hundred and he would have knocked off something along the lines of ``To be or not to be...'' Come to think of it, he did, didn't he?
Well, all I can say is that, if it were the latter, it would still not have been, in my opinion, le mot juste, but a senior Daily Post journalist, who has actually met the man, says incredibly that he is charismatic on a one-to-one basis.
There is another possible hidden meaning in the Latin root of the word sex, which, makes a good case for set:, not gender, as the mot juste. Sex also means six in Latin, which brings us to numerology, another Greek inheritance.
A missing comma here and there and the tendency to employ a wooly phrase instead of a mot juste oblige the reader frequently to reexamine a sentence in order to grasp its meaning.
The Distaff is the only race I'll be watching on TV because I ride Mot Juste for Ed Dunlop in the Filly and Mare Turf.
The same stable also have Mot Juste, the Irish Oaks runner-up, entered in the group two feature.
Mot Juste fared best of the British raiders, holding Irish challenger Karsavina for fourth place.
Mot Juste, under Richard Hughes, tried to make much of the running for trainer Ed Dunlop but could not withstand the challenge of the first three and finished fourth.
Mot Juste, beaten just over four lengths into fourth at Epsom, will again be in the field and Ed Dunlop, who trains her, will supplement Lailani on Tuesday.