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Oct 28, 2021This week’s theme
Words coined after fairy tales and folktales
This week’s words
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: Someone who is a pessimist and alarmist, always warning others of impending calamities.
After a hen in a children’s tale who, when hit on the head by a falling acorn, believes the sky is falling. Earliest documented use: 1922. The character is also known by other names, such as Chicken Little and Henny Penny.
“Haldane has been an eternal optimist during the crisis, telling people they must reject the economics of Chicken Licken.”
Mark Shapland; Rush To Shop Fuelled By Pandemic Savings; Daily Mail (London, UK); Apr 13, 2021.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The human mind is inspired enough when it comes to inventing horrors; it is when it tries to invent a heaven that it shows itself cloddish. -Evelyn Waugh, novelist (28 Oct 1903-1966)
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