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A.Word.A.Day--ugly duckling

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ugly duckling (UG-lee DUK-ling) noun

One that is considered ugly or unpromising at first but has the potential of becoming beautiful or admirable in maturity.

[After The Ugly Duckling, a story by Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875).]

"The British actress was asked to consider playing Benny, a feisty, lovable and chubby ugly duckling who, through the course of the film, develops into a mature swan." Paula S. Bernstein, In the Driver's seat // British actress Minnie Driver expands her horizons in Irish `Circle of Friends', Minneapolis Star Tribune, 10 Apr 1995.


The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be only the beginning. -George Baker (1877-1965)

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