I/Eye: On Photography

August (Congressional) Recess…

Posted in Landscape by Sheila Newbery on August 8, 2009

BULLDOZE – verb 1876. “American English, to intimidate by violence; of uncertain origin. The meaning one who intimidates by violence, appeared also in 1876, a machine for clearing or leveling in 1930. The etymology usually suggested is a compound (the animal) and an altered form i.e., a whipping to coerce voters was a dose suitable for a bull. The reference is a supposed practice during the Tilden campaign, especially among Blacks in the South.” From The Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology by Robert K. Barnhart (HarperCollins, New York, 1995).

'Bulldozer in landscape' (Albany, CA) © 2009 Sheila Newbery

'Bulldozer in landscape' (Albany, CA) © 2009 Sheila Newbery

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  1. Cheryl said, on August 10, 2009 at 11:12 am

    Is this a metaphor for the downwood spiral of health care reform? Beautiful image none the less.

    • Sheila Newbery said, on August 14, 2009 at 5:59 am

      It was the photo I happened to take on the last day of the session. This landscape is one I’ve been familiar with for some time and had often thought about photographing, but somehow the elements were never quite right—until that day. Only later did I learn about the etymology of ‘bulldoze’.


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