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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Things are getting better, but travel is still not recommended. We can travel virtually any time though. This week we take you to some mythical places. Sometimes visiting fictional places can be more profitable than real ones, as Gulliver discovered in his travels.
Jonathan Swift’s satire became so popular that many of the terms from his novel, Gulliver’s Travels, have now become part of the English language. This week we feature five of them.
noun: Someone or something very small.
After Lilliput, an island nation in Jonathan Swift’s satirical novel Gulliver’s Travels (1726). Earliest documented use: 1867.
In his travels, Gulliver lands in Lilliput where people are only six inches tall. He may appear to be a giant to them, but it’s all relative. Soon he’d visit a land where he himself appears as a lilliput to them. The word is also used in the form: lilliputian.
“It doesn’t go boom like one big nuclear bomb, it goes like a string of snap-crackers unend, little grenades in a lilliput war.”
Joseph Harry Silber; Bum; Lulu; 2012.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:What is the opposite of two? A lonely me, a lonely you. -Richard Wilbur, poet and translator (1 Mar 1921-2017)