Bomba to Bonnet
Bomba King Bomba. A nickname given to Ferdinand II., King of Naples, in consequence of his cruel
bombardment of Messina in 1848, in which the slaughter and destruction of property was most wanton. Bomba
II. was the nickname given to his son Francis II. for bombarding Palermo in 1860. He was also
called Bombalino (Little Bomba).
Bombast literally means the produce of the bombyx (Middle Latin bombax, Greek bombux), and applied to cotton-wool used for padding. The head of the cotton plant was called bombast or bombace in the sixteenth century. Bombast was much used in the reign of Henry VIII. for padding, and hence inflated language was so called.
We have received your letters full of love, ...Bombastes Furioso One who talks big and uses long sesquipedalian words; the ideal of bombast. He is the hero of a burlesque opera so called, by William Barnes Rhodes. (1790.)
Bombastus The family name of Aureolus Paracelsus (1493-1541). He is said to have kept a small devil prisoner in the pommel of his sword.
Bombastus kept a devil's birdBon Gaultier Ballads Parodies of modern poetry by W.E. Aytoun and Theodore Martin (Sir).
Bon gre mal gre Willing or unwilling, willy nilly, nolens volens.
Bon Mot (French). A good or witty saying; a pun; a clever repartee.
Bon Ton (French). Good manners, or manners accredited by good society.
Bon Vivant (French). A free liver; one who indulges in the good things of the table.
Bona Fide Without subterfuge or deception; really and truly. Literally, in good faith (Latin).
Bona-roba A courtesan (Italian); so called from the smartness of their robes or dresses.
We knew where the bona-robas were.Bonduca = Boadicea. (Fletcher's Tragedy, 1647.)
Bone Bred in the bone. A part of one's nature. What's bred in the bone will come out in the flesh. A natural propensity cannot be repressed. Naturam furcâ expellas, autem usque redibit.
Bone in my Throat I have a bone in my throat. I cannot talk; I cannot answer your question. I have a bone in my leg. An excuse given to children for not moving from one's seat Similarly, I have a bone in my arm, and must be excused using it for the present.
Bone of Contention A disputed point; a point not yet settled. The metaphor is taken from the proverb about Two dogs fighting for a bone, etc.
Bones Deucalion, after the Deluge, was ordered to cast behind him the bones of his mother, i.e. the
stones of mother earth. Those thrown by Deucalion became men, and those thrown by his wife, Pyrrha,
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