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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
lulu

"remarkable person or thing," 1886 (first attested in a baseball article from New Orleans, U.S.), of uncertain origin; some suggest a connection to earlier looly "beautiful girl," of unknown origin. But the reference more likely is to Lulu Hurst (1869-1950), the "Georgia Wonder," who was a popular attraction 1883-85 demonstrating her supposed mysterious "force" that allowed her to effortlessly move, with just a light touch, umbrellas and canes held tight by others. She barnstormed the U.S. and, at 15, was, briefly, one of the most famous women in the land. The skeptics soon explained her trick and burst the bubble, but not before her name was used as a word:\n\nSuch [musically uneducated persons] start from the avowed or unavowed supposition that the pianist or violinist's art necessitates no higher qualities than does plate-spinning, dancing, or the feats of a Lulu.

["The Hero as Virtuoso," in "London Society magazine," 1883]

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lulu

n. 1 A remarkable person, object or idea; a doozie; a beauty; a humdinger. 2 A very attractive or seductive person.

WordNet
lulu

n. a very attractive or seductive looking woman [syn: smasher, stunner, knockout, beauty, ravisher, sweetheart, peach, looker, mantrap, dish]

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Lulu (opera)

Lulu (composed from 1929–1935, premièred incomplete in 1937 and complete in 1979) is an opera in three acts by the composer Alban Berg. The libretto was adapted by Berg himself from Frank Wedekind's two Lulu plays, Erdgeist (Earth Spirit, 1895) and Die Büchse der Pandora (Pandora's Box, 1904). Berg died before completing the third and final act, and in the following decades, the opera was typically performed incomplete. Since its publication in 1979, however, the Friedrich Cerha orchestration has become popular. Theodor W. Adorno wrote "The opera Lulu is one of those works that reveals the extent of its quality the longer and more deeply one immerses oneself in it."

LuLu

The LuLu cyclecar was produced by the Kearns Motor Car Company. The company was founded by Charles Maxwell Kearns I in Beavertown, Snyder County, Pennsylvania about 1903. Kearns was the son of a buggy maker and had a gift for invention but little more than a grade school education. He began by first mounting an engine on a buggy and progressed to more elaborate designs and heavy trucks. The LuLu automobile was manufactured only in 1914. Billed as "more than a cyclecar", it had a four-cylinder monobloc engine and three-speed gearing. It sold for $398.

Lulu (singer)

Lulu Kennedy-Cairns, OBE (born Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, 3 November 1948), best known by her stage name Lulu, is a Scottish singer, actress, and television personality who has been successful in the entertainment business since the 1960s and renowned for her powerful singing voice.

She is internationally identified, especially by North American audiences, with the song " To Sir with Love" from the film of the same name and with the title song to the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun. In European countries, she is also widely known for her Eurovision Song Contest winning entry " Boom Bang-a-Bang", and in the UK for her first hit " Shout", which was performed at the closing ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Lulu (company)

Lulu Press, Inc. is an online print-on-demand, self-publishing and distribution platform. Since its founding in 2002, Lulu has published nearly two million titles by authors in over 225 countries and territories.

The company's founder is Red Hat co-founder Bob Young. Lulu's CEO is Nigel Lee and its headquarters are in Raleigh, North Carolina. On July 12, 2015, Michael Mandiberg completed his art project Print Wikipedia and the 7,600-volume Wikipedia database has been uploaded to Lulu.com and is available for printout.

Lulu (1918 film)

Lulu is a 1918 Hungarian film directed by Michael Curtiz and featuring Béla Lugosi.

Lulu (1914 film)

Lulu is a 1914 Italian film directed by Augusto Genina.

Lulu (1953 film)

Lulu is a 1953 Italian drama film directed by Fernando Cerchio.

Lulu (1981 album)

Lulu is an eponymous album released by Lulu on Alfa Records in 1981. It is notable for containing the hit single " I Could Never Miss You (More Than I Do)," which became the second-highest-charting single of Lulu's career in the U.S., hitting the Top 20 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart in 1981.

Lulu (1996 film)

Lulu is a 1996 Canadian drama film directed by Srinivas Krishna. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival.

Lulu (2014 film)

Lulu is a 2014 Argentine drama film directed by Luis Ortega. It was selected to be screened in the Contemporary World Cinema section at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival.

Lulu (1917 film)

Lulu is a 1917 German silent film directed by Alexander Antalffy and starring Erna Morena, Adolf Klein and Harry Liedtke.

The film's art direction was by Kurt Richter.

Lulu (Trip Shakespeare album)

Lulu is a 1991 album by the Minneapolis-based rock band Trip Shakespeare, the group's final major-label release.

A polished, melodic album released at the height of the grunge phenomenon, Lulu was met with critical and popular indifference. Describing it as a "melodically complex and romantic pop masterpiece", Allmusic declares:

It is a rare instance in the music industry, major label or otherwise, to hear an album created by a group so obviously enchanted and inspired by each other, an album so loved and so toiled over that its contents continue to give indefinitely, an album so steeped in worshiping beauty that no amount of criticism — positive or negative — can mangle or tarnish its crystalline brilliance.[]

The album's title track, about an old crush with whom the singer used to see a band, has the refrain, "Do you remember? Do you recall?" Those words are printed in large type on the album's liner notes, with the last phrase altered to "dü you recall"--an allusion to another Minneapolis-based band, Hüsker Dü, whose name is Danish for "do you remember".

Lulu (1973 album)

Lulu is a 1973 album by British singer Lulu. It was her first album on Chelsea Records. Produced by American songwriter Wes Farrell, the lead single was "Make Believe World". It also included covers of " Groovin'", " Do Right Woman, Do Right Man" and David Cassidy's "Could it Be Forever". The album failed to chart, although Lulu came back to prominence a few months later with the release of the hit single " The Man Who Sold the World". The single reached No.3 in the UK and became one of the singer's biggest hits, but was not included on this album. Although the album met with little chart success, reviews were good, with Allmusic calling it "top class".

The album was released on Polydor Records in Australia. Tracks from Lulu were released on Compact disc on a compilation with her following album in 1999.

Lulu (Lou Reed and Metallica album)

Lulu is a collaborative album between rock singer-songwriter Lou Reed and heavy metal band Metallica, released on October 31, 2011, on Warner Bros. and Vertigo. The album is the final full-length studio recording project that Reed was involved in before his death in 2013. It was recorded in San Rafael, California, during April through June 2011, after Reed had played with Metallica at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th Anniversary Concert which led to them wanting to collaborate. The lead single, titled "The View", was released on September 27, 2011.

Conceptually, the album is based on the two " Lulu plays" by the German playwright Frank Wedekind (1864–1918). The majority of composition is centred on spoken word delivered by Reed over instrumentals composed by Metallica, with occasional backing vocals provided by Metallica lead vocalist James Hetfield. Reed wrote the majority of the lyrics. The album was released worldwide on October 31, 2011, and on November 1 in North America. Upon its release, Lulu received mixed reviews from music critics, and an extremely negative response from fans.

Lulu (1962 film)

Lulu (also released in the UK as No Orchids for Lulu) is a 1962 Austrian crime drama film written and directed by Rolf Thiele. The film is an adaptation of Frank Wedekind's Lulu plays— Earth Spirit (Erdgeist, 1895) and Pandora's Box (Die Büchse der Pandora, 1904)—and stars Nadja Tiller (as Lulu), O. E. Hasse, and Hildegard Knef.

Sadoul's Dictionary of Films describes Thiele's work as "[a] heavy-handed, almost absurd version" of Wedekind's plays. But Robert von Dassanowsky credits Lulu as one of the "few notable [Austrian] dramas during the early 1960s".

Lulu (app)

Lulu (formerly Luluvise) is a mobile app available for iOS and Android that allows female users to make positive and negative evaluations of male users on the basis of their romantic, personal, and sexual appeal. The app allows only female users to access the evaluation system, and evaluations made through the app are attached publicly and anonymously. The New York Times described the service as a "'Take Back the Internet' moment for young women who have come of age in an era of revenge porn and anonymous, possibly ominous suitors".

On 2015 the app moved away from Facebook, and currently only allows registration via mobile phone numbers, for both male and female users.

Lulu describes itself as "a private network for girls to express and share their opinions openly and honestly" about the weaknesses and strengths of the manners, appearances, spending habits, and career ambitions of their male acquaintances. The company's expansion of its user base focuses heavily on recruiting undergraduate members of American all-female sororities, which commentators describe as reflected in the "app's linguistic and visual design [which] is visibly influenced by US sorority culture."

The app has been highly controversial, and the functionalities offered by the app are frequently described negatively in the popular press as "sexist and objectifying", "nonconsensual", and "shallow and mean". Although female users cannot write their own comments to avoid bullying, the company's harshest critics hold that the pre-selected terms used within the app for evaluations in the form of hashtags are instrumental in "reinforcing completely horrible stereotypes", accuse the site of tolerating a sexist double standard, and liken the "candor" for which the app aims to a form of public harassment. The company's founder, Alexandra Chong, refers to the app's functionalities as "provocative" and "ground-breaking" and the website holds that the multiple-choice nature of evaluations creates "a safe and positive place for girls and guys".

The company has also been accused of inappropriate use of Facebook accounts' user data. Lulu does not query male Facebook users for their consent in integrating their profiles in the app, and at the time of its release the product caused notable social "recoil" and received significant negative coverage in the press for its violation of Facebook's policies on the use of user data. The company notes that its data collection policies are now in compliance with Facebook's Platform Policies. Also, it points out how users who have unwittingly been incorporated into Lulu's databases may contact their support center for the removal of their personal data.

Lulu was sold to Badoo in 2016.

Usage examples of "lulu".

Mister Atflee would have sympathized with Paul Adams in respect of the trouble he had with his own left-wing firebrand, Lulu Saunders.

At present, the breasty half of Lulu Baltazar reclined on pillows gesturing meaninglessly.

When Lulu held the child that Marthe brought home from the Pont Neuf, everyone understood that in a family of eight equal mothers, Lulu would somehow be most equal of all.

The girl is named Louise Pegasse, nicknamed Lulu the Torpedo, the name under which she appears at the end of the program in a striptease club, the Boule Verte on Rue Pigalle.

When he visited the following day, mother and child were on very good terms with each other, and Lulu had decided to name the infant after one of her political idols, Sylvia Pankhurst, the fiery Communist daughter of Misses Pankhurst, the leader of the suffragette movement before the First World War.

And Tante Lulu, the old busybody, the instigator of this whole mess, was there, too.

For Lulu and a thousand others, let me remind, I, Monsieur Verger, did it all!

Awed, even a little frightened by his new Lulu, Monsieur Verger limited himself to a single peep while she redressed.

Somehow Madame Lulu got ahold of it and passed on the information to Olaf.

Coming to this end of the field now, getting closer, breaking stride now, walking: Jose Chirino and Luis Linares, Chino and Lulu, husband and wife, both little guys, both doing a mandatory twenty-five for murder.

So they never feared, and Alice got a rope and lowered it down to them, and then, with the help of her brother Jimmie and her sister Lulu, she pulled all three frogs up from the well, and they lived happy for ever after, and drank the water that had no fishes in it.

On the other hand, Livy says lulus was the son of Aeneas by his Latin wife, Lavinia.

NIGHT OVER WATER 429 Princess Lavinia looked away haughtily, Lulu Bell grinned, Ollis Field frowned disapprovingly and Frankie Gordino said: "Attagirl!

The vaulting viruses, all those wowsers and doozies and lulus, are of course increasingly numerous but they seem to have simmered down a good deal.

He wasn't sure which surprised him most: that his friends considered Valerie Breaux the answer to their prayers, the woman who'd called him a "crude Cajun asshole" more than once while they were growing up together in Houma, or that Tante Lulu feared this woman might be his soul mate.