Sunday, November 09, 2008


A Resonating Fundament

Stephen Jay Gould, Bully for Brontosaurus: Reflections in Natural History (New York: W.W. Norton, 1992), p. 202:
That fundament resonated with hope and possibility, even in pianissimo.
The primary meaning of fundament in The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language is "buttocks," but Gould wasn't talking about flatulence here — he was talking about the final bass note (a low D-flat) in the song "Madame Jeanette."

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