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Sunday, February 01, 2015

nonesuch

\NUHN-suhch\ , noun;
1.
a person or thing without equal; paragon.
Quotes:
Charles thinks her a nonesuch, since she is never weary of hearing him read aloud.
-- Amanda M. Douglas, A Little Girl in Old Washington, 1900
This is a deeply strange book. In fact, it is, to the best of my knowledge, a nonesuch: a 400-plus-page first novel by a 49-year-old American male, dedicated to the highly dubious proposition that such a thing as perfect romantic love is possible in these doomy, gloomy, over-psychologized, terminally ironic, post-humanist, post-postmodern times.
-- James Kaplan, "Reader, He Married Her," New York Times, February 24, 2008
Origin:
Nonesuch entered English in the mid-1500s. It is a portmanteau of the words none and such.
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