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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
I remember the day I caught my first, and last, fish. I was in college. During the winter break, a friend invited me to visit him. With makeshift fishing rods in our hands we went to the dam near his house. I sat there uneasily, holding the rod with the line dipped in the still water of the reservoir. A while later there was a tug and I promptly handed over the rod to my friend. He pulled the line in. There was a small orange fish on the end. It was alive, wildly flailing at its sudden change of fortune. With a promise of food I had tricked it out of its life.
Much time has passed since then. Now whenever I'm near water and see someone sitting with a fishing rod extended over the lake, I softly say "Good luck!" in his general direction. He thanks me. I tell him I was saying that to the fish. He smiles at the apparent joke... But I wasn't joking.
All of this week's words refer to fish, but they are more than just fish words. They can also be used metaphorically in other senses.
MEANING:noun: 1. Any of the small freshwater fish of the Cyprinidae family. 2. Someone or something considered insignificant.
ETYMOLOGY:Ultimately from Old High German munewa, a kind of fish, via Old English and Middle English.
USAGE:"Compared with the Scottish Parliament, a regional authority in the north-east would indeed be a minnow."
Tony Travers; The Long Struggle; New Statesman (London); May 20, 2002.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Eyes are vocal, tears have tongues, \ And there are words not made with lungs. -Richard Crashaw, poet (1613-1649)
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