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Date: Thu, 1 Mar 2001 00:00:01 -0800
From: Doctor Dictionary <doctor@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Dictionary.com Word of the Day <WordoftheDay@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: idee fixe: Dictionary.com Word of the Day
idee fixe \ee-day-FEEKS\, noun;
plural idees fixes \ee-day-FEEKS\:
An idea that dominates the mind; a fixed idea; an obsession.
Although Americans have an erroneous idee fixe that they
are young and the rest of the world is old and wily, the
Library of Congress is only a few decades junior to such
venerable European institutions as the British Library and
the Royal Library of the Netherlands.
--Nicholas von Hoffman, "A Birthday for the Books,"
Civilization, April 2000
Idee fixe is from the French idée, "idea" + fixe, "fixed."