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An allusion is a word or phrase, sometimes in a foreign language, which is so familiar to our culture that it immediately brings to mind a set of circumstances, facts or feelings. Kilroy. Carpe diem. Jim Crow. Sound and fury. Hegira. Lingua Franca. In flagrante delicto. If you don´t know the meanings and origins of all these allusions, then you should appreciate the Merriam-Webster´s Dictionary of Allusions.