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25 words originated from Classic Literature.

25 words originated from Classic Literature.

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Alice in Wonderland

A novel by Lewis Carroll published in 1865, which follows a young girl named Alice who falls down a rabbit hole and experiences surreal and absurd adventures. The phrase "Alice in Wonderland" is often used to describe a situation or experience that is strange, confusing, or nonsensical.

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Casanova

An Italian adventurer and seducer who lived in the 18th century. His name has become synonymous with a person who is a smooth-talking, charming womanizer.

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Cassandra

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was a princess who was cursed by Apollo to speak true prophecies that no one would believe. Today, the term "Cassandra" is used to describe someone who predicts future disasters or problems, but is ignored or disbelieved.

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Don Juan

The legendary character from Spanish literature who is famous for his many romantic conquests. The phrase "Don Juan" is often used to describe a man who is a persistent womanizer.

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Dorian Gray

The main character in Oscar Wilde's novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, published in 1890. Dorian Gray is a young man who remains youthful and handsome while a portrait of him ages and shows the physical toll of his debauchery. The phrase "Dorian Gray" is used to describe someone who appears youthful and unchanging on the surface, while their true nature is hidden or corrupted.

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Falstaffian

Refers to a character named Sir John Falstaff from several of Shakespeare's plays. Falstaff is a large, boisterous, and comical character known for his love of drinking and indulging in pleasure. The term "Falstaffian" is used to describe someone who is similarly large, jovial, and indulgent.

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Frankenstein

The title character of Mary Shelley's novel, published in 1818. Dr. Victor Frankenstein creates a monster out of human parts, but becomes horrified at the creature's monstrous nature. The name "Frankenstein" is often used to refer to the monster, or to describe any creation that is out of control or has unintended consequences.

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Jekyll and Hyde

The title characters of Robert Louis Stevenson's novella, published in 1886. Dr. Jekyll is a respected scientist who creates a potion that transforms him into his evil alter ego, Mr. Hyde. The phrase "Jekyll and Hyde" is used to describe someone who has two very different sides to their personality.

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Lilliputian

Refers to a fictional race of tiny people who appear in Jonathan Swift's novel, Gulliver's Travels, published in 1726. The term "Lilliputian" is used to describe anything that is small or miniature.

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Lothario

A character from Nicholas Rowe's play, The Fair Penitent, first performed in 1703. Lothario is a womanizer who seduces the play's heroine, Calista. The term "Lothario" is used to describe a man who is a seducer or womanizer.

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Orwellian

Refers to the dystopian society depicted in George Orwell's novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, published in 1949. The term "Orwellian" is used to describe a society that is oppressive, totalitarian, or manipulative.

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Pandora's box

In Greek mythology, Pandora is the first woman, created by the gods as a punishment for humanity. She is given a box that she is told not to open, but her curiosity gets the better of her and she unleashes all the evils of the world. The term "Pandora's box" is used to describe a source of trouble or problems that cannot be undone or contained once it has been opened.

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Pied Piper

Refers to a legend from the town of Hamelin, Germany, in which a man playing a pipe lures away the town's rats and then the town's children when the townspeople refuse to pay him. The term "Pied Piper" is used to describe someone who has a charismatic or persuasive personality that can lead others to follow them.

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Pollyanna

The main character in the novel by Eleanor H. Porter, published in 1913. Pollyanna is an optimistic and cheerful girl who always looks on the bright side of things, no matter what. The term "Pollyanna" is used to describe someone who is excessively optimistic or who always sees the positive side of things, even in difficult situations.

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Rip Van Winkle

The title character in a short story by Washington Irving, first published in 1819. Rip Van Winkle is a man who falls asleep in the Catskill Mountains and wakes up 20 years later to find that everything has changed. The term "Rip Van Winkle" is used to describe someone who has been asleep or out of touch with reality for a long time.

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Peter Pan

The title character in J.M. Barrie's play and novel, first performed in 1904 and published in 1911. Peter Pan is a boy who never grows up and lives in a magical world called Neverland. The term "Peter Pan" is used to describe someone who is perpetually childish or immature.

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Ruritanian

Refers to the fictional country of Ruritania, which appears in Anthony Hope's novel, The Prisoner of Zenda, published in 1894. The term "Ruritanian" is used to describe a fictional country with a vaguely European, aristocratic culture and political system.

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Scrooge

The main character in Charles Dickens' novel, A Christmas Carol, published in 1843. Ebenezer Scrooge is a miserly old man who is visited by the ghosts of Christmas past, present, and future and learns the true meaning of Christmas. The term "Scrooge" is used to describe someone who is miserly or stingy.

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Shangri-La

Refers to a fictional utopia described in James Hilton's novel, Lost Horizon, published in 1933. Shangri-La is a hidden valley in the Himalayas that is a peaceful and idyllic paradise. The term "Shangri-La" is used to describe any place or situation that is perfect, peaceful, and remote.

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Sherlock

Refers to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock Holmes is known for his keen powers of observation, deduction, and reasoning, and has become an archetype for the detective genre. The term "Sherlock" is used to describe someone who is highly observant and analytical.

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Stepford Wife

Refers to the female characters in the novel by Ira Levin, The Stepford Wives, published in 1972, and the subsequent films and adaptations. The Stepford Wives are perfect, submissive, and robotic housewives who have been replaced with androids. The term "Stepford Wife" is used to describe a woman who is subservient, obedient, and conformist.

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Svengali

The title character in George du Maurier's novel, Trilby, published in 1894. Svengali is a hypnotist who manipulates the titular character and turns her into a successful singer. The term "Svengali" is used to describe someone who exercises a controlling or manipulative influence over another person.

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Tweedledum and Tweedledee:

Refers to the characters in Lewis Carroll's novel, Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There, published in 1871. Tweedledum and Tweedledee are two identical twins who are always arguing with each other. The term "Tweedledum and Tweedledee" is used to describe two people or things that are almost identical and indistinguishable from each other.

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Walter Mitty

The title character in a short story by James Thurber, first published in 1939. Walter Mitty is a man who daydreams about being a hero and having exciting adventures, but in reality, he leads a dull and unremarkable life. The term "Walter Mitty" is used to describe someone who has a vivid imagination or who indulges in elaborate daydreams.

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Utopia

Refers to the title of a book by Sir Thomas More, published in 1516. In the book, More describes an imaginary island society that is perfect and ideal in every way. The term "Utopia" is now used to describe any perfect, ideal, or imaginary society or situation.

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