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Dec 22, 2008This week's theme
Words related to the names of fish
This week's words
Photo: US Fish and Wildlife Service
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
I remember the day I caught my first, and last, fish. I was in college. During the winter break, a friend invited me to visit him. With makeshift fishing rods in our hands we went to the dam near his house. I sat there uneasily, holding the rod with the line dipped in the still water of the reservoir. A while later there was a tug and I promptly handed over the rod to my friend. He pulled the line in. There was a small orange fish on the end. It was alive, wildly flailing at its sudden change of fortune. With a promise of food I had tricked it out of its life.
Much time has passed since then. Now whenever I'm near water and see someone sitting with a fishing rod extended over the lake, I softly say "Good luck!" in his general direction. He thanks me. I tell him I was saying that to the fish. He smiles at the apparent joke... But I wasn't joking.
All of this week's words refer to fish, but they are more than just fish words. They can also be used metaphorically in other senses.
1. Any of the small freshwater fish of the Cyprinidae family.
2. Someone or something considered insignificant.
ETYMOLOGY:Ultimately from Old High German munewa, a kind of fish, via Old English and Middle English.
USAGE:"Compared with the Scottish Parliament, a regional authority in the north-east would indeed be a minnow."
Tony Travers; The Long Struggle; New Statesman (London); May 20, 2002.
See more usage examples of minnow in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Eyes are vocal, tears have tongues, \ And there are words not made with lungs. -Richard Crashaw, poet (1613-1649)
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