PRONUNCIATION: (kats kraydl)

MEANING: noun:
1. A children's game in which a string is wrapped around one player's hands in complex symmetrical patterns and transferred to another player's hands to form a different pattern. (video)
2. Something elaborate or intricate, especially when without an apparent purpose.

ETYMOLOGY: Of uncertain origin. Earliest documented use: 1768.


CAST'S CRADLE - where the actors take their power nap