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Philistines/Philistinism

Old Testament,enemies of the Israelites, David, great philistine warrior, goliath

No appreciation for culture taste are commonplace

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Faust/Faustian Bargain

Plays by Christopher Marlow
Goethe(Faust) Mephistopheles sells his soul
Has everything he desires
Despair sacrificing one self or ones value getting what one desires, often material wealth

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Coals to Newcastle

Coal mining city England
Superfluous

Giving a superfluous gift
Gracious and unnecessary

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Freudan Slip

Sigmund Freud, Austrian physician and psychotherapist
Subconscious mind in human behavior
Is an unconventional or accidental error in speech or actions revealing someone's subconscious thoughts or feelings

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Sisyphus or Sisyphean

Greek mythology
King who Offended Zues
Hades, Rolling a boulder up a hill then roll back to the bottom and start over again seeming endless perhaps futile

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Babylon

Capital of the ancient Babylonian empire
leisurely and corrupt
Jews were excited about the prophet Daniel
Place of dependence or corruption

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Pheonix/rising from the ashes

Mythological bird one-of-a-kind
Five or 600 years
Burn itself then arise from its own ashes
Symbolize rebirth resurrection
Surmounting great obstacles

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Xandu

Mongolia
Mongol emperor of Chin
Kublai Khan
Magnificent residence
Poem "Kubla Khan" 1816 by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Magnificent, almost magical place

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Muckrakers

President Theodore Roosevelt
Reformed mind journalist
Badge of honor
Exposed corrupted or needed
Promote for reform

To authors or journalist who expos corrupt

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Sin qua non

Latin "without which nothing"

Essential ingredient without which would be impossible

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Methuselah

Oldest of the patriarchs in the Bible
969 years

Extremely old person

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Cylla and Charybdis

Greek mythology many headed sea monster
Cave on one side of a narrow straight of whirlpool on the opposite side of the straight steer their very carefully between the two

Between to equal dangers avoiding one means getting closer to the other

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Holy grail

Medieval legend object of quest
Cup from which Jesus drank at the last supper
Legends of King author and Knights of the round table perfection
Extremely and desirable not Long and difficult quest

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Luddites

British laborers in early 1800's
Opposed industrialization
Threatening there jobs
Smashed exile industry

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Pass the Buck

In poker a marker that was passed
From person to person whose turn it was to deal
Is to shift the responsibly and often blame to another person