Word of the Day: oubliette
origin: from the French "oublier," meaning "to forget"
1. A dungeon, the only entrance to which is through the top.
"Meanwhile the men were carrying me away with a great lighted
torch; and I thought that they were about to throw me down
the oubliette of Sammabo. This was the name given to a fearful
lace which had swallowed many men alive; for when they are cast
into it, they fall to the bottom of a deep pit in the
foundation of the castle."
--Benvenuto Cellini, "Autobiography Of Benvenuto Cellini"
"Visitors can also gain entrance to El Badi Palace, begun
in 1578. With its huge pools, its hammam (steam bath) as big
as a church, and its oubliettes for political prisoners, the
palace took 30 years to construct--and 10 years to pillage."
--Edmund White, "Wanderer in Marrakesh"
Publish Date: 01/20/2011