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Aug 11, 2022This week’s theme
Words coined after animals
This week’s words
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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: Any of various hares having long ears and very long hind legs.
verb intr.: To move or begin to move very quickly.
adjective: Moving or beginning to move very quickly.
A combination of jackass + rabbit. Earliest documented use: 1863, in a figurative use: 1922.
The word jackrabbit is a misnomer. A jackrabbit is a hare, not a rabbit. It is called a jackrabbit because of its long ears, as if those of a jackass. The metaphorical use is from a jackrabbit’s sudden movement. This has given us the slang “jackrabbit start” meaning a start in which a person accelerates very quickly as a traffic light turns green, maybe even before the light has turned. Like most animal-related metaphors, this unfairly maligns our furry friends. There have been no reported sightings of jackrabbits jumping a red light.
“I stare him down, heart jackrabbiting out of my chest.”
Julia Kent; Shopping for a Billionaire Boxed Set; Kindle; 2021.
See more usage examples of jackrabbit in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:It has always seemed absurd to suppose that a god would choose for his companions, during all eternity, the dear souls whose highest and only ambition is to obey. -Robert Green Ingersoll, lawyer and orator (11 Aug 1833-1899)
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