Difference between catchword and disputa
- a favorite saying of a sect or political group
- a word printed at the top of the page of a dictionary or other reference book to indicate the first or last item on that page
But these kinds of puritanical, knee-jerk catchwords are too easy, and they obscure a more complicated truth.
The catchwords in the headnote say it all really.
When one thinks of Micawber always presenting himself in the same situation, moved with the same springs and uttering the same sounds, always confident of something turning up, always crushed and rebounding, always making punch -- and his wife always declaring she will never part from him, always referring to his talents and her family -- when one thinks of the 'catchwords' personified as characters, one is reminded of the frogs whose brains have been taken out for physiological purposes, and whose actions henceforth want the distinctive peculiarity of organic action, that of fluctuating spontaneity.