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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
A few weeks ago we featured terms in the "x's y" pattern -- descriptive phrases that can be called Whose whats. Going by your comments, it was one of the most popular weeks in AWAD's history. This week we'll reprise the theme with five more such terms, this time from the animal kingdom.
The English language is filled with everyday terms based on animals, from the lion's share (largest part) to the dog's chance (slim chance) and the snail's pace (very slow) but there are many unusual terms too. For this week's parade we have selected five mammals: a mare, a dog, a sheep, a donkey, and a cat.
mare's nest (mairz nest) noun
1. A confused mess.
[The original sense of the term was a false discovery since clearly a mare doesn't have a nest. Nowadays the term implies a confused situation. A term with a similar origin is the Greek calends meaning a time that doesn't exist.]
"The previous two sheets of this piece are a mare's nest of scratched out
half sentences, words replaced and replaced again and clauses arrowed in
or arrowed out."
Knowing what / Thou knowest not / Is in a sense / Omniscience. -Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)
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