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Jul 22, 2020This week’s theme
Words coined after fairy-tale characters
This week’s words
Illustration: Milo Winter
From Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales, 1916
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: One that seems unattractive or unpromising at first but has great potential and later turns out to be quite attractive or successful.
From the protagonist of the story “The Ugly Duckling” by Hans Christian Andersen, in which a young bird believes himself to be a duck and is unhappy because he doesn’t look like a duck, only to later learn that (spoiler alert) he is a beautiful swan. Earliest documented use: 1877.
“Nearly every transport advocacy group in Melbourne bemoans a lack of investment in our bus network. The ugly duckling of the transport network, and a mode that fails to attract attention on the front pages of newspapers, it is perhaps the cheapest and most obvious way to tackle congestion.”
Stuart James; Fork in Road for Public Transport Solutions; Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia); May 21, 2020.
See more usage examples of ugly duckling in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
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