"In order that the mind may not be taxed, moreover, by the manifold and confused reading of so many such things, and in order to prevent the escape of something valuable that we have read, heard, or discovered through the process of thinking itself, it will be found very useful to entrust to notebooks ... those things which seem noteworthy and striking."

[Commonplace books: Thomas Farnaby, 17th-century]

Lieut. Col. Jean Martinet, Louis XIV's inspector-general of infantry, rather similarly [to Chauvin] had his surname applied to any extreme disciplinarian. He would punish delinquent soldiers with a cat-o'-nine-tails later known as a martinet. To this day any severe person in authority is liable to be called a martinet, but the man's name has never been applied to any foe of feminism, real or imagined.

[Martinet: Kingsley Amis, The King's English]

Posted by stronzo on 08.29.2012

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