the batman

1968
bat·man
noun, plural bat·men. (in the British army) a soldier assigned to an officer as a servant.
Origin: 1745–55; short for bat-horse man, equivalent to bat < French bât packsaddle (< Vulgar Latin *bastum, noun derivative of *bastāre to carry < Late Greek *bastân, re-formation of Greek bastázein to lift, carry) + horse + man1--Dictionary.com
The Dark Knight Rises review

reenactor

nap

reenactor (noun)–a person who enacts a role in an event that occurred earlier.–Dictionary.com

The event in this case, local militia putting up light resistance as Banastre Tarleton and his soldiers crossed the Rivanna at Secretary’s Ford and headed up Monticello to try and catch the slippery Thomas Jefferson and TV star/Virginia legislator Daniel Boone,
first militia action, June 4, 1781, this militia action, Jackson Park, June 2, 2012.

veneer

stone veneer
Stone veneer being applied to a building on the “Shops at Stonefield” site.

ve·neer
   [vuh-neer] noun
1. a thin layer of wood or other material for facing or inlaying wood.
2. any of the thin layers of wood glued together to form plywood.
3. Building Trades . a facing of a certain material applied to a different one or to a type of construction not ordinarily associated with it, as a facing of brick applied to a frame house.
4. a superficially valuable or pleasing appearance: a cruel person with a veneer of kindliness.–Dictionary.com

I wonder how honesty in language would work? The shoppes at Cinderblock?

Alley


al·ley [al-ee] noun, plural al·leys.
1. a passage, as through a continuous row of houses, permitting access from the street to backyards, garages, etc.
2. a narrow back street.–Dictionary.com

Back before fire engines achieved the leadership role in urban design, back when streets were a part of the public commons, there were alleys. In Charlottesville several neighborhoods established before the apotheosis of the Automobile have alleys. The alley above is in Belmont, parallel to and north of Hinton Avenue.

Dear Charlottesville Planning Commission. Please consider the reintroduction of the alley into the urban form.

transmute? transmogrify?


JABA will break ground on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, from 10 to 11 AM for its affordable senior housing development, Timberlake Place, 1512 East Market Street, in the historic Woolen Mills neighborhood of Charlottesville.

trans·mute–verb (used with object), verb (used without object), trans·mut·ed, trans·mut·ing.
to change from one nature, substance, form, or condition into another; transform.

trans·mog·ri·fy–verb (used with object), trans·mog·ri·fied, trans·mog·ri·fy·ing.
to change in appearance or form, especially strangely or grotesquely; transform. —Dictionary.com