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different strokes for different folks

Proverbial saying, late 20th century, meaning that different ways of doing something are appropriate for different people (the saying is of US origin, and strokes here means, ‘comforting ...

different strokes for different folks

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The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (2 ed.)

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2006

... strokes for different folks proverbial saying, late 20th century, meaning that different ways of doing something are appropriate for different people (the saying is of US origin, and strokes here means, ‘comforting gestures of approval’). In 1974 an advertisement for Volkswagen parodied this saying with the words, ‘Different Volks for different folks...

DIFFERENT strokes for different folks

DIFFERENT strokes for different folks (1974)   Quick reference

Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs (6 ed.)

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... strokes for different folks Of US origin: strokes here mean comforting gestures of approval or congratulation. Quickly picked up and used in a variety of parodic forms, as in a 1974 Volkswagen advertisement: Different Volks for different folks. □ 1973 Houston (Texas) Chronicle Magazine 14 Oct. 4 The popular saying around P[almer] D[rug] A[buse] P[rogram] is ‘different strokes for different folks’, and that’s the basis of the program. 1990 a. stoddard Gift of Letter iii. Peter sends and receives letters. He dictates everything he...

different strokes for different folks

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Proverbial saying, late 20th century, meaning that different ways of doing something are appropriate for different people (the saying is of US origin, and strokes here means, ‘comforting gestures of ...
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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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2020
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92 words

... stroke different strokes for different folks : see different . not ( or never ) do a stroke of work do no work at all. put someone off their stroke disconcert someone so that they do not...

different

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The Oxford Dictionary of Idioms (4 ed.)

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2020
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... different as different as chalk and cheese : see chalk . a different kettle of fish : see kettle . different strokes for different folks different things please or are effective with different people. ...

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Oxford Dictionary of Word Origins (3 ed.)

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2021
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...different [LME] The word different came ultimately from a form of Latin differre , which meant both ‘ defer ’ and ‘differ’ in Latin, and is also the source of these two words in English. The modern proverb different strokes for different folks is of US origin. It came to prominence in newspaper reports of comments made by Muhammad Ali about his knockout punches in fights with Sonny Liston, Floyd Patterson, and Karl Mildenberger during the 1960s. In the saying strokes means ‘comforting gestures of approval or congratulation’, but Ali was making a pun on the...

Multi-Sited Global Ethnography of Elite Schools

Multi-Sited Global Ethnography of Elite Schools   Reference library

Aaron Koh

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods in Education

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2020
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Social sciences, Education
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9,436 words

...“different folks” working on the project clearly enriched our study. Fractured Space and Time as “Different Strokes.” The methodology of our study is necessarily multi-sited global ethnography as it involves seven elite schools spread across seven geographical locations. And our overarching research question, as mentioned, is to understand how “globalization” exerts pressure on these elite schools and the way they imagine globalization. But given the scale of the project and the intensive fieldwork, which included frequent traveling and three revisits for...

Stereotypes of African Americans

Stereotypes of African Americans   Reference library

Encyclopedia of African American History 1896 to the Present

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2009
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History, Regional and National History
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3,058 words

...who heads, advises, and provides for her family; the New Jezebel—a black woman who is sexually free and rebellious in regard to men; “jive & hip” black men—black men shown as womanizers, unintelligent, always wisecracking or mugging for a laugh with dialect that often highlights that they are “bad,” distrustful characters. These stereotypes are portrayed in such television series as Sanford and Son, Good Times, What’s Happening!!, The Jeffersons, Diff’rent Strokes, Benson , and Gimme a Break . Nelson George contends that four new African American character...

Participatory Art

Participatory Art   Reference library

Tom Finkelpearl

Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (2 ed.)

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2014
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Art & Architecture, Philosophy
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3,232 words
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...collective. In participatory art people referred to as citizens, regular folks, community members, or non-artists interact with professional artists to create the works. Each of these three projects is emblematic of a very different approach to participatory art. Three Modes of Participation. Starting in the early 1990s the Argentine-Thai-American artist Rirkrit Tiravanija initiated a series of exhibitions that consisted of cooking pad thai (a Southeast Asian stir-fried noodle dish) for gallery visitors. This performance, called Untitled ( Free ) was often...

The Impact on French Upper-Secondary Schools of Reforms Aiming to Improve Students’ Transition to Higher Education

The Impact on French Upper-Secondary Schools of Reforms Aiming to Improve Students’ Transition to Higher Education   Reference library

Clement Pin and Agnès van Zanten

The Oxford Encyclopedia of School Reform

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2022
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...Education , 52(1), 1–18. Convert, B. (2010). Espace de l’enseignement supérieur et stratégies étudiantes. Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales , 18 (3), 14–31. Crozier, G. , Reay, D. , Clayton, J. , Colliander, L. , & Grinstead, J. (2008). Different strokes for different folks: Diverse students in diverse institutions’ experiences of higher education. Research Papers in Education , 23 (2), 167–177. Frouillou, L. , Pin, C. , & van Zanten, A. (2020). Les plateformes APB et Parcoursup au service de l’égalité des chances:...

Hip Hop

Hip Hop   Reference library

Black Women in America (2 ed.)

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2005
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History, Regional and National History
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3,475 words

...Hiphop politics has espoused what’s hot for the minute. Today’s lifestyle may embrace midrift maternity tops. Tonight’s flavor might be Afrocentric garb. Tomorrow, a baseball cap with a widow’s net and pleather (plastic leather) suit may be the move. With hiphop, it’s all good. Hiphop activists have supported reparations for descendants of African American slaves. Junk food junkies and strict vegans have marked—yet not limited—the hiphop diet. All things considered, the hiphop spectrum must be painted with a broad stroke. The position of women in hiphop culture...

Proverbs

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Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather (2 ed.)

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2011

...for example in the proverb “A wet March makes a sad harvest.” What the proverb says is that if there is too much rain at sowing time, the farmer will not have a rich harvest in the summer or fall because many seeds will not have germinated. It should be noted, however, that while proverbs as such are usually metaphorical and thus can be employed in various contexts, weather proverbs are for the most part not figurative and as weather signs only describe specific situations. Proverbs like “A stitch in time saves nine” or “Different strokes for different folks”...

Neighborhood Considerations for Social Determinants of Health and Risk

Neighborhood Considerations for Social Determinants of Health and Risk   Reference library

Holley A. Wilkin

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Health and Risk Message Design and Processing

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2018
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Social sciences
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9,182 words

...contextual risk factors for depression. The British Journal of Psychiatry , 180 (5), 428–433. Wellman, B. , & Wortley, S. (1990). Different strokes from different folks: Community ties and social support. American Journal of Sociology , 96 (3), 558–588. Wetta-Hall, R. , Ablah, E. , Dismuke, S. , Molgaard, C. , Fredrickson, D. , & Berry, M. (2005). Emergency department use by people on low income. Emergency Nurse , 13 (3), 12–18. Wilkin, H. A. (2013). Exploring the potential of communication infrastructure theory for informing efforts to...

Mencken, H. L.

Mencken, H. L.   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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2005
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Literature
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8,116 words

...he had a serious stroke that made it impossible for him to read or to write and affected his ability to talk. Mencken said about himself that 1948 was the year he died—the year his active career as an author, editor, journalist, and historian of the American language ended. But there was still more to come. A Mencken Chrestomathy , which he had finished before his stroke, was published in 1949 . A six-hundred-page selection of articles that had not yet been reprinted in book form, it sold well and was greeted as further evidence for Mencken's late-life...

Argentina

Argentina   Reference library

The Continuum Complete International Encyclopedia of Sexuality

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2010
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Social sciences, Society and culture
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28,310 words
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...to work at the Anthropological Museum of La Plata, the capital of the province of Buenos Aires, when he was only 25 years old, and resided there until 1930 . Compelled by his curiosity and animated by a truly scientific passion for honest and forthright research, Lehmann did not hesitate to survey all sources, from ordinary rural folks to prostitutes and pimps. He questioned his students at the University of La Plata and gathered graffiti from public latrines, restrooms, and from prison walls. His work has rescued from oblivion popular customs and traditions...

Trust and International Organization

Trust and International Organization   Reference library

Kendall Stiles

The International Studies Encyclopedia

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2017
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Social sciences, Politics, Warfare and Defence
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15,846 words
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...Motivated Attributions and the Trust Development Process. Research in Organizational Behavior (26), 75-101. Weber, L.R. , and Carter, A.I. (2003) The Social Construction of Trust . New York: Kluwer Academic Press. Wellman, B. , and Wortley, S. (1990) Different Strokes from Different Folks: Community Ties and Social Support. American Journal of Sociology (96) (3), 558-88. Wendt, A. (1999) Social Theory of International Politics . New York: Cambridge University Press. Wimmer, A. (2008) The Making and Unmaking of Ethnic Boundaries: A Multi-Level...

Ives, Charles

Ives, Charles (20 Oct 1874)   Reference library

J. Peter Burkholder, James B. Sinclair, and Gayle Sherwood Magee

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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... to attend Hopkins Grammar School and prepare for entrance examinations at Yale. He pitched for the Hopkins baseball team and led them to victory over the Yale freshmen in April 1894 for only the second time in the school's history. He was the organist at St. Thomas's Episcopal Church for a year, and then moved to Center Church on the Green in September 1894 , the same month he matriculated at Yale. Just six weeks later, on 4 November, Charles Ives. (Lebrecht Music & Arts) his father died suddenly of a stroke. Leaving home, starting university, and...

O'Connor, Flannery

O'Connor, Flannery   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature

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2005
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Literature
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6,381 words

...defended such characters, saying that she drew grotesque characters to show humankind's deformity in the modern world. She explained, “Whenever I'm asked why Southern writers particularly have a penchant for writing about freaks, I say it's because we are still able to recognize one.” In Milledgeville, though no one really understood her book, folks were proud of their young novelist. O'Connor amusingly wrote to the Fitzgeralds, “Around here if you publish the number of whiskers on the local pigs, everyone has to give you a tea.” A Good Man is Hard to...

Popular music

Popular music   Reference library

Charles Hamm, Robert Walser, Jacqueline Warwick, and Charles Hiroshi Garrett

The Grove Dictionary of American Music (2 ed.)

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2013
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Music, Social sciences, Regional and Area Studies
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...and usually nostalgic. They reflect the events of his own, unhappy life, as well as the longing for a return to a simpler era that was the dominant mood of the period before the Civil War. Around 1850 Foster began writing a new type of song, the “plantation melody,” which synthesized several earlier styles into one that served several generations of American songwriters and came to be widely imitated in Europe. Examples of this new style are “Old Folks at Home,” “ My old Kentucky home, good night,” and “Old Dog Tray.” The melodic lines integrate...

Jazz

Jazz   Reference library

Black Women in America (2 ed.)

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2005
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History, Regional and National History
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...Origins of Jazz The immediate predecessor of jazz had no name, unless it could be called “dance music.” It was played for family celebrations and in brothels. It was heard from the stages of black vaudeville and minstrel shows. Most of the instruments used during its performances were leftovers from Civil War and other military marching bands. Discharged soldiers brought instruments home with them. Pawn shops doubled as “po’ folks’ bank” and local music store. Musicians sold and bought instruments at these pawn shops, and pawned marching band instruments...

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