Wordsmith.Org


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


Jul 22, 2004
This week's theme
Animal terms

This week's words
running dog
Kilkenny cats
stool pigeon
charley horse
guinea pig

Give a gift that ...
keeps on giving,
all year long:
A gift subscription of AWAD or give the gift of books
Discuss
Feedback
RSS/XML
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

charley horse

Pronunciation RealAudio

charley horse (CHAR-lee hors) noun

Cramp or stiffness in a muscle, especially in the leg, typically caused by overstrain or injury.

[Originally baseball slang, of unknown origin.]

"I swam a ton of laps Tuesday, but was forced to stop after I received a charley horse in my calf."
Alisha A. Pina; Work Pays Off, Just Not on Scale; The Providence Journal (Rhode Island); Jun 27, 2004.

"Coyotes winger Shane Doan has missed two games with a charley horse."
NHL Notebook; Vancouver Sun (Canada); Mar 16, 2004.

This week's theme: expressions derived from pet animals.

X-Bonus

Irreverence is the champion of liberty and its only sure defense. -Mark Twain, author and humorist (1835-1910)

The Book:
A Word A Day is now a book. Find it in your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.

"A delightful, quirky collection." -The New York Times

Join Us:
Subscribe to A.Word.A.Day to receive it in your mailbox every day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail 

Interact:

Bulletin board
AWADtalk

Moderated Chat
AWADchat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 2014 Wordsmith