Don’t Let Phonics Fool You

29 Jun

tocsin – n.  a warning bell or alarm

Classical Usage:  At the big agricultural festival we hear, in between snippets of the conversation of Rodolphe and Emma, a portion of the councilor’s speech.  Here’s one of those bits, “Gone forever, gentlemen, are the days when civil discord drenched our streets with blood; when the landlord, the business man, nay, the worker, sank at night into a peaceful slumber trembling lest they be brutally awakened by the sound of inflammatory tocsins, . . .”

Classically Mad Usage: I’ve had a life-long hatred of tocsins, specifically the ones built into my bedside clock that supposedly do me a service by ringing while I’m still asleep.


Posted by on June 29, 2012 in Madame Bovary


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3 responses to “Don’t Let Phonics Fool You

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    June 29, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I don’t remember this word in my version. I’ll check it out.


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