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Monday, November 15, 2010

de rigueur

\duh ri-GUR\ , adjective;
Strictly required, as by etiquette, usage, or fashion.
These innovations not only serve local industries and consumers, but also avail themselves of eco-friendly technologies that are de rigueur in today's environmentally conscious society.
-- Suchit Leesa-nguansuk, "There's no lack of technological innovation on the local stage," Bangkok Post
I have said the trip was de rigueur. No sooner do you announce to your friends in New York that you are going to California than they immediately cry out, "Ah, then you will see the Yo Semite !"
-- Mark Twain, The galaxy: Volume 10
De rigueur literally means "of strictness" in French.
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