|Bending it Like Beckham|
It’s hard to believe that no one had ever ‘visualised’ anything before 1817, but that’s the year the Romantic poet and critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge coined the word in his philosophical confession Biographia Literaria (a full century before the word ‘envision’ was minted). In retrospect it seems fitting that a writer whose mind’s eye was haunted by such phantasmic visions as the spectral ship in his poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, and by the “flashing eyes” and “floating hair” that unsettle the ending of his prophetic lyric Kubla Khan, should be the one to give a name to the seeing of the unseeable. Tortured throughout his life by both material and immaterial substances alike, Coleridge is unsurprisingly responsible for introducing into English other words for describing the darker aspects of experience, such as ‘psychosomatic’ and ‘pessimism’.
VISUALS, BON TON
Reviews by STEVEN HELLERReviews of new visual books about the Mad magazine cartoonist Basil Wolverton; Hergé, the creator of Tintin; Times Square; and art deco in Havana.
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|"bon ton'. This cartoon of 1777 mocks the enthusiasm of middle-class women for French fashions"|
- A sophisticated manner or style.
- The proper thing to do.
- High society.
[French : bon, good + ton, tone.]
relating to seeing:
See also VDU.
Guide dogs open up the lives of the blind or visually impaired.
Books for children have to be visually very exciting.
visualize, UK USUALLY visualise
to form a picture of someone or something in your mind, in order to imagine or remember them:
I was so surprised when he turned up - I'd visualized someone much older.
visualization, UK USUALLY visualisation
noun [U] FORMALthe visual arts plural noun
the arts of painting and sculpture, rather than literature and music
breakout Show phonetics
a violent escape, especially by a group, from prison:
There has been a mass breakout from one of Germany's top security jails.