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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
1. Any of the various types of flies that bite or annoy livestock.
2. One who persistently annoys.
From gad (a goad for cattle), from Middle English, from Old Norse gaddr. Earliest documented use: 1626.
“As a gadfly, Socrates earns the ire of Athens and its rulers, but it is only by stirring the state, a ‘great and noble steed,’ that we can dare to effect any sort of change for the better.”
Christopher Thomas; The Columbia Spectator (New York); Feb 28, 2017.
See more usage examples of gadfly in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The juvenile sea squirt wanders through the sea searching for a suitable rock or hunk of coral to cling to and make its home for life. For this task, it has a rudimentary nervous system. When it finds its spot and takes root, it doesn't need its brain anymore, so it eats it. It's rather like getting tenure. -Daniel Dennett, philosopher, writer, and professor (b. 28 Mar 1942)