- As a noun, another name for an airship, especially one with a rigid structure.
- As an adjective, designed for or capable of being directed, controlled, or steered.
- It originates from the late 16th century, from Latin dirigere ‘to direct’.
How on earth does our protagonist Flavia de Luce (The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie) work this into her words of wisdom beyond her years I hear you ask?
I shot him a broad smile: a smile wide enough to present him with a good view of the wire braces that caged my teeth. Although they gave me the look of a dirigible with the skin off, Father always liked being reminded that he was getting his money’s worth.
Who out there has not had the pleasure of wearing braces?
I certainly did – hated every minute of it. I think this passage captures the feeling quite aptly. Flavia has an appealingly pragmatic view of the world.
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