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I’D like to bring up one more little bijou about the economic crisis. I read that Lawrence H. Summers — wonderful guy, fine economist, former Harvard president, high-ranking economic adviser to Mr. Obama — was paid about $5 million last year by a large hedge fund, D. E. Shaw. Some other high-ranking Obama advisers were also fantastically well paid by the finance sector.
For example, initially, all rewards to contributors were in the form of donations to one of seven worldwide charities. Over time, the team heard that some contributors “would personally want some trinket,” he said. And now small gifts are awarded as well.
(1) ((しばしば〜s))（においの強い, または有毒な）ガス, 煙, 煙霧, 蒸気
(1) ((しばしば〜s))（においの強い, または有毒な）ガス, 煙, 煙霧, 蒸気
car exhaust fumes
the fumes of choice tobacco(2) におい；香気
a room filled with fumes of incense
2 理性［判断力］を鈍らせるもの；もやもや, のぼせ
the fumes of sleep
3 立腹, いらだち
be in a fume
run on fumes⇒run on EMPTY
1 〈煙・蒸気などを〉出す, 放つ.
2 …をいぶす, 蒸す, 燻蒸(くんじょう)する.
1 〈煙・蒸気などが〉立ち昇る, 出る, 煙［蒸気, 香気］を出す, 煙［蒸気］となって出る.
2 ((米))（…に）腹を立てる, 怒る, いきまく((away/at, about, over ...))
fume at obstinate government officials
fume about a bill
- A small ornament, such as a piece of jewelry.
- A trivial thing; a trifle.
A small, exquisitely wrought trinket.
[French, from Breton bizou, jeweled ring, from biz, finger.]
It's a little gem, this pretty gift from the Breton language to English. That's the present-day meaning of bijou, which was nicely delivered to our language by the French as early as 1668. An English document of that date refers to "Perfumed gloves, fans, and all sorts of delicate bijoux for each lady to take att her pleasure."
Reflecting our awareness of its foreign charm, we have kept the French pronunciation of bijou (with a zh sound for the middle consonant) and the strikingly French x to mark the plural. To the French, centuries before the English, it was also a charming import. It came from Breton, a Celtic language spoken in the region of northern France appropriately called Brittany.
In Breton, the word biz means "finger." The related word bizou means "ring for the finger." By the 1500s the French had learned the word and generalized it to mean any kind of small jewel or gem, as it does in our language today.
English speakers have generalized the word still further. Anything that can be a little gem can have the exotic sparkle of bijou, whether a book, a painting, a farm, or a house. In Ulysses (1922), recently said to be the greatest novel of the twentieth century, James Joyce wrote of "the most prominent pleasure resorts, Margate with mixed bathing and firstrate hydros and spas, Eastbourne, Scarborough, Margate and so on, beautiful Bournemouth, the Channel islands and similar bijou spots." For a time in the mid-twentieth century, Bijou was a favorite name for an elegant movie theater.
Breton is a member of the Celtic branch of the Indo-European language family, along with Welsh, Scottish, and Irish. Northwestern Europe was once dominated by Celts; the name Britain as well as Brittany attests to the former importance of Celtic languages. Nowadays there are still about 700,000 speakers of Breton, mostly in France.
Aside from place names, only a few words of Breton have made their way into English; the conquering French and English speakers did not have to learn the language of the peoples they subjugated. In the nineteenth century, however, interest in antiquity brought two more Breton gems into English: menhir (1840) and dolmen (1859), both referring to mysterious stone formations raised by humans in prehistoric times. A menhir is a lone tall upright stone, also called a standing stone in Britain; a dolmen is a man-made cavern, a structure of two or more upright stones with a capstone on the top.
IN BRIEF: A small, intricate trinket or piece of jewelry.
The beautiful bijou sparkled in the light.
The noun has one meaning:
Meaning #1: a small and delicately worked piece
The adjective bijou has one meaning:
Meaning #1: small and elegant
- cáp • stòne
- capstones (複数形)
1 （石柱・壁などの）かさ石, 冠石.2 最高の業績；絶頂, 極致(acme).