Friday, April 23, 2004

Word of the Day

The Word of the Day for Apr 23 is:

 cloud-cuckoo-land \klowd-KOO-koo-land\ noun                                                             
: a realm of fantasy or of whimsical or foolish behavior

Example sentence:
If the boss really thinks he can up productivity and increase profit
after the company is downsized, he is living in cloud-cuckoo-land.

Did you know?
In Aristophanes' 5th century B.C. comedy Birds, Peisthetaerus (a
human) convinces the king of the birds and his followers to help him
build an ideal city juxtaposed between heaven and earth. They plan to
intercept all of the sacrifices rising from the earth to the gods on
Olympus, thereby starving the gods into cooperating with them. The
newly built city is dubbed "Nephelokokkygia," (from "nephos," meaning
"cloud," and "kokkyx," the native European cuckoo). By the late 19th
century, English speakers had translated the town's name as
"Cloud-Cuckoo-Land" and had begun using it as a general term for any
similarly unreal or whimsical place or situation.


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