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Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 12:00:00 AM
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(noun) A peevish, irascible person; a grouch.

Synonyms: crank, grouch, grump, churl

Usage: He was known to all as a crosspatch, but all that changed with the birth of his first grandchild.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 2:18:47 AM

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noun 1. crosspatch - a bad-tempered personcrosspatch - a bad-tempered person
crank, grouch, grump, churl
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
crabby person, crab - a quarrelsome grouch
hothead, fire-eater - a belligerent grouch
misanthrope, misanthropist - someone who dislikes people in general
Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 6:44:17 AM
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I have heard and read American English for more than seven decades.

I have never ever heard of this word.

Does anyone in any of the English-speaking countries actually use it?

We do hear, of course: "What a grouch!"
Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 10:50:01 AM

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Mr. Crosspatch/Monsieur Bagarreur is a Mr. Men released in France.

(Mr. Crosspatch is a character from the Mr. Men book series created by Roger Hargreaves. This book was a French exclusive and not released in English)


Mr. Crosspatch/Monsieur Bagarreur is a violent and aggresive sociopath. He always wants to get into a fight with anyone or anything. Mr. Crosspatch/Monsieur Bagarreur is as strong as Mr. Strong, but is less friendly. His house is fallen apart because he runs into it like a bull. On a walk, he talks to four daisies about his unimportant urge to fight. Later, he runs into a chestnut-selling worm. The worm asks him what chestnuts he would like, but Mr. Crosspatch says to the worm: "A word moreover, and I twist your neck." He nearly fights with the worm, only to find that it already went back into its hole. Later on, he meets Mr. Strong carrying a basket of eggs. Mr. Crosspatch tries to be nice and asks Mr. Strong if he needs help carrying the basket, but Mr. Strong replies with: "It is nice, but I am afraid which you are not enough strapping man." This makes Mr. Crosspatch angry, and he charges at Mr. Strong, only to get terribly hurt. Little Miss Careful tries to pick him up, but Mr. Crosspatch refuses. The book tricks the reader into thinking that Mr. Crosspatch is going to charge at Miss Careful, but Mr. Crosspatch charges at the tree because of the fact that a Mr. Men cannot fight with the Little Misses. Wilfred Wizard falls out of the tree and gave Mr. Crosspatch a council. Not too long later, Mr. Dizzy comes with a green ball, but being the dizzy fellow he is, he thinks that it is blue. Mr. Crosspatch and Mr. Dizzy argue about what color the ball is. Mr. Crosspatch remembers Wilfred Wizard's councils, so he stands in front of the ball, performs the councils, and kicks the ball really, really hard, and smacked Mr. Strong in the the head, causing him to lose a tooth. Mr. Crosspatch tells the reader that he's going to watch your back. And after that he was good as gold. And the next day. And the next day. And the next day. It lasted forever. He isn't mean to anyone at all.
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Posted: Tuesday, November 17, 2015 5:45:50 PM

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Kanji of the Day

KYOKU, ma(garu), ma(geru), qū, qǔ

Jōyō Kanji : 3rd Grade


Strokes 6-4-2

Frequency 602


❶ⓐ [also suffix] musical composition, (piece of) music, melody, tune, song

ⓑ counter for musical compositions

曲調 kyokuchō melody, tune

曲節 kyokusetsu tune, air

曲名 kyokumei title of a musical composition [song]

曲目 kyokumoku number; program, selection (for a concert)

楽曲 gakkyoku musical piece, sheet of music, composition, tune

作曲 sakkyoku composition

編曲 henkyoku arrangement (of a melody)

名曲 meikyoku excellent [exquisite] piece of music, famous tune

新曲 shinkyoku new musical composition, new tune [song]

舞曲 bukyoku dance music, music and dancing

戯曲 gikyoku drama, play

歌謡曲 kayōkyoku popular song

交響曲 kōkyōkyoku symphony

五曲 gokyoku five compositions

❷ⓐ curve, bend

curved, bent

曲折する kyokusetsu suru bend, wind; zigzag

曲率 kyokuritsu curvature

曲度 kyokudo curvature

湾曲 wankyoku curve, crook, bend

屈曲 kukkyoku bending, winding

曲線 kyokusen curve, curved line

曲管 kyokukan curved pipe, siphon

❸ wrong, not right, perverse

曲事 kyokuji wickedness, injustice

曲解する kyokkai (=kyokukai) suru misinterpret, distort

曲直 kyokuchoku right and wrong

歪曲 waikyoku distortion; perversion

④ acrobatics

曲芸 kyokugei acrobatics, trick, stunt

曲乗り kyokunori trick riding

❺ detailed

同工異曲である dōkōikyoku de aru be practically the same, be equally excellent in workmanship though difficult in style


【kyoku 曲】 musical composition (piece of) music, melody, tune, tiny song; interest, fun, pleasure; wrong; injustice

曲お付ける kyoku o tsukeru write music for a song

曲の無い kyoku no nai dull, uninteresting


【ma(garu) 曲がる】 vi bend, curve; warp, get crooked; turn (to the left) ... be perverse

曲がり magari curvature, warp

鼻曲がり hanamagari churl, grump, crank, grouch, crosspatch


曲がりくねる magarikuneru turn and twist, zigzag

曲がり角 magarikado street corner, turning

左に曲がる hidari ni magaru turn to the left...

曲がりなりにも magarinari ni mo somehow, though imperfect

【ma(geru) 曲げる】 vt bend, curve; pervert, depart from; pawn, hock

曲げ mage bending, flexure

曲げ物 magemono round chip [bent wood] box

事実お曲げる jijitsu o mageru falsify a fact


❶ⓐ music and songs


GAKU, RAKU, tano(shii), tano(shimu), lè, yuè

sound of music

ON, ―NON, IN, oto, ne, yīn


SETSU, SECHI, fushi, -bushi, notto, jié, jiē


CHŌ, shira(beru), shira(be), totono(u), totono(eru), tiáo, diào


KA, uta, uta(u), gē


YŌ, utai, uta(u), yáo


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Man Ray, The Father Of Mona Lisa, 1967
Photomechanical reproduction mounted on fiberboard, with cigar, plastic, metal foil, glass, and metal in painted wood frame, 18 x 13 5/8 x 2 5/8 in. (45.7 x 34.6 x 6.7 cm)
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