This was dictionary.com’s word of the day on Saturday, perhaps to lead into Passover today? Since the word means “something that passes everywhere” and part of the story of the Passover included the final act/tenth plague of the Lord where the angel was sent to take the life of the firstborn son of the household – the home that had the blood of the lamb painted on their doorframe was spared this terrible plague. It was all part of the Lord’s deliverance of the Jews from their bondage of slavery in Egypt.
Of course when I read the definition, I also could not help but think of Marvel’s Shadowcat! Miss Kitty Pryde who can pass through everything! Which is what this sketch is!
passe-partout \ pas-pahr-TOO; Fr. pahs-par-TOO \ , noun;
1. something that passes everywhere or provides a universal means of passage.
2. a master key; skeleton key.
3. an ornamental mat for a picture.
4. a method of framing in which a piece of glass is placed over a picture and is affixed to a backing bymeans of adhesive strips of paper or other material pasted over the edges.
5. paper prepared for this purpose.
Sophie’s little passe-partout enabled her to passalmost anywhere, and if it were shown or hinted at, to have effect in the interviewing of superior servantsor of any other police officer.
— Sir Harry Johnston, The Veneerings , 1922
Origin:Passe-partout comes from the French phrase of the same spelling which literally means “(it) passes everywhere.”