As dhess pointed out below it's a moment from a scene in the movie When Harry Met Sally. The wording above, however, is my own.
That scene just happened to pop into my head when I read the word defenestration, so I decided I'd like to "use it in a sentence". I've read some Pynchon in my time, too, so I have a penchant for densely descriptive prose. I'm glad it was appreciated.
Bleeding Edge was relatively straight forward compared to Vineland. I haven't had the courage to tackle some of the larger tomes of Pynchon's yet.
The act of throwing something or someone out of a window. [from c. 17th c.]
(Britain) The high-profile removal of a person from an organization.
(computing, humorous) The act of removing the Microsoft Windows operating system from a computer in order to install an alternative one.
Imagining something like this happening today is ... difficult, to say the least.
When there is as much on the line as there is in America's legislative system, you will be surprised the shenanigans that ensue.
The business of the Congress at one point had to ban the practice of dueling. Not necessarily because it wasn't seen as a way to settle a dispute, but that it happened so often. Kentucky I think is the state that specifically disqualifies legislators based on participation in duels.
Robert's Rules of Order are often looked upon those with a darker sense of humor in the same light as the Third-man out rule in hockey. Ruins all the good fights.
Though Asia has been known for some doozies. I recall the use of either a chainsaw or fire axe at one point.
Ah! Taiwan was it.
South Koreans seem to prefer the legislative Sledgehammer.
All sorts of bizarre stuff is done to avoid triggering various parliamentary rules in legislative bodies.
Dennis Miller: Now I don't want to go on a rant here, but America's foreign policy makes about as much sense as Beowulf having sex with Robert Fulton at the first Battle of Antietam. I mean, when a neo-conservative defenestrates, it's like Raskalnikov filibuster deoxymonohydroxinate.
Peter: What the hell does "rant" mean?
remember learning this term as the cause of some wars you learn about in grade school
So I pipe up and say, "Hey, there's even a word for that!" which in a strange way left them somewhat pleased.
Defenestration: The Movie
Seven minutes of very short clips from Hollywood movies involving defenestration.
English has now borrowed the word fenster from German, to mean the erosion of a new bit of rock exposing an older bit.
If you didn't look up, it almost sounds like something you might casually get at a spa.
alive is vivente, viviente, vivant and vida in italian, spanish, french and portuguese
If you know what a dissection is, you can then connect the dots.
Et situs vi late in isset ab ernit
("dialect" form of "Es sieht aus wie Latein, ist es aber nicht", "It looks like latin, but it isn't")
More impacts of "climate change" : )
English is something of an exception, really!