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The Sour Glossary

actually  (adverb) as an actual or existing fact; really. (Random House Unabridged Dictionary) [False cognate warning : Francophones will sometimes mistakenly use “actually” (or actual)  when they mean currently,  presently, at the moment and up to date.] allegory  [. . .]  symbolic fictional narrative that conveys a second meaning (or meanings) beyond the explicit,  literal  details  of the story (my definition, adapted from Merriam Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature). A simple allegory would be  something like a story about Mary Whiteteeth and Johnny Toothbrush and their enemy named Sugar. The story, in this case,  is not about these three characters but about the importance of brushing your teeth. "[. . .] the term allegory can refer to specific method of reading a text." allusion  (noun) IIn literature, an implied or indirect reference to a person, event, thing or a part of another text. [. . . ] Allusions to biblica