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ersatz coffee
  an artificial or inferior substitute or imitation
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  • We need good alternatives to fossil fuels, not the ersatz variety in which we convert corn to ethanol and then face soaring food prices.
    Time Magazine, 2008  --  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1810308,00.html(retrieved 09/17/09)
  • If there’s anything TV has taught us, after all, it’s that nothing is as ordinary as weird families, or as weird as ordinary ones. TV is all about families, real and ersatz, on islands and gridirons, in pitch meetings and interrogations. After a long hiatus, it’s good to have the family back.
    Time Magazine, 2009  --  http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1871908-3,00.html(retrieved 09/17/09)
  • An ersatz press conference that was impressive to the untrained eye.

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  • We’ll have a barrel of funfunfun, the voices clamorously chorused from below, the dreadful ersatz polka stuck now in its groove, repeating over and over a faint fat chord from an accordion.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Down there in a dim storage room adjacent to the furnace I’ve set up a realm of ersatz squalor.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • The nurses threw him another party, the ersatz bourbon went down easy, and there was a moonlit jeep ride with a pretty girl.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • Breakfast consists of plain, unbuttered bread and ersatz coffee.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Even his reliable friends the Germans failed him in this crisis: they preferred ersatz.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • The blind innkeeper said that the Americans could sleep in his stable that night, and he gave them soup and ersatz coffee and a little beer.
    Kurt Vonnegut  --  Slaughterhouse-Five

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  • Whole networks he had used as Cain, listening posts and ersatz consulates that were no more than electronic espionage stations even the bloody specter of Medusa.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The flat sandals lowered her height and the ersatz Gucci purse marked her as a gullible tourist in Hong Kong, exactly what she was not.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • A sentry woke him with breakfast: black bread and ersatz coffee.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • I don’t want any ersatz soldiers, dragging their tails and ducking out when the party gets rough.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • We’re deflecting most of the local inquiries with an ersatz story about a massive propane-gas leak, but not too many people are buying it.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • They wore different clothes: oversized ersatz sports apparel so loose fitting that every stiff breeze threatened to leave them naked in the streets.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • To fill the demand of the new market, a new commodity was devised: ersatz culture, kitsch, destined for those who, insensible to the values of genuine culture, are hungry nevertheless for the diversion that only culture of some sort can provide.
    Clement Greenberg  --  Avant-garde and Kitsch
  • Maybe you’ve done some of your thinking by now?" she said, between the salad and the ersatz beef.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • He had met men and women —contacts and conduits, he reflected — on the beaches of Shek O and Big Wave, and he had swum in the crowded waters of Repulse Bay, with its huge ersatz statuary and the decaying elegance of the old colonial hotel.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • Can your ersatz identification make it possible?
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He removed the top; inside on ersatz felt was a narrow brass letter-opener with Chinese characters along the handle.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • "Help yourselves," said Krupkin, heading for a telephone on an ersatz antique desk that appeared to be a cross between Queen Anne and a later Louis.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Everyone’s hungry; except for the ersatz coffee, a week’s food ration doesn’t last two days.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • Now Charna hustles toward me in mauve leather, clanking with ersatz gold.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • My outrageously expensive ersatz papers are very much in order.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Once when passing by the room she had noticed the radio ondreamy, modern ersatz-Strauss waltzes strained through a voice which identified the source as a Wehrmacht station, possibly Vienna, perhaps Prague.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • On the outskirts of a crowd surrounding a street vendor whose cart was piled high with silks of all descriptions and labels — the silks relatively genuine, the labels as ersatz as the distorted signatures.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
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