PRONUNCIATION: (RAY-vuhn mes-uhn-juhr)

MEANING: noun: A messenger who does not arrive or return in time.

ETYMOLOGY: In the Bible, Noah sends a raven to go scout the scene, but the bird never returns to the ark. Earliest documented use: 1400. Also known as a corbie messenger.

CRAVEN MESSENGER - when the courier deserts rather than face danger...

RIVEN MESSENGER - ...and with good reason, perhaps; this one's been drawn and quartered

RAMEN MESSENGER - announces when the noodles are ready