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"Shackled in the golden handcuffs of Le Mélomane d'autrefois, the superannuated journal that has hosted his fatuous reviews for more than half a century, Pilkington-Sproat was wrenched from his ataractic state of conventionalist yana by the magnificent didgeridoo leitmotif of Caprimulgius' The Discombobulation of Cerberus and revealed in all his spluttering bovarism," wrote Gavin Ponsonby in his riposte to the reactionary music critic.  

(by a_i_blyth)
The Quandary for today, Friday, November 21, 2014, consists of:
  • leitmotif
  • yana
  • golden handcuffs
  • bovarism
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

A recurrent theme in a piece of music or literature, situation, etc.
  1. (Buddhism) Any of the three modes or methods of Buddhist spiritual practice; Mahayana, Hinayana and Vajrayana.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for November 21, 2014 is:

golden handcuffs • \GOHL-dun-HAND-kufs\  • noun
: special benefits offered to an employee as an inducement to continue service

It was in the company’s interests to offer Janice a set of golden handcuffs in the form of company stock, since her connections and knowledge of industry secrets would not be easy to replace.

"Coffey quit Moore Capital at the age of 41 to spend more time with his family having previously made his name, and a reported $700 million fortune, at GLG, where he turned down a $250 million golden handcuffs deal to stay." — Jamie Dunkley, London Evening Standard, October 8, 2014

Did you know?
Chances are you’ve heard of a "golden handshake," which is a particularly tempting severance agreement offered to an employee in an effort to induce the person to retire early. People started getting "golden handshakes" (by that name) around 1960; by 1976, English speakers had also coined the accompanying "golden handcuffs" to describe a situation in which someone is offered a special inducement to stay. The expression turns up often in quasi-literal uses, such as "slapped golden handcuffs on" or "a shiny new set of golden handcuffs."

bovarism: an exaggerated, especially glamorized, estimate of oneself.

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