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Saturday, January 21, 2012

remora

\REM-er-uh\ , noun;
1.
An obstacle, hindrance, or obstruction.
2.
Any of several fishes of the family Echeneididae, having on the top of the head a sucking disk by which they can attach themselves to sharks, turtles, ships, and other moving objects.
Quotes:
Notwithstanding the extreme unpopularity of the Duke of Kent as a soldier, there was no remora to his employment.
-- Robert Huish, The History of the Life and Reign of William the Fourth
They all coexist today in diachronic contradictions, and what coexists is the colonial remora of Bolivian history, the different articulations of colonizing forces and colonized victims.
-- Walter D. Mignolo, Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking
Origin:
Remora is derived from the Latin word remorārī meaning "to delay."
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