Sunday, March 28, 2010

cloud-cuckoo-land ;a place out of touch with reality

PRONUNCIATION:
(KLOUD-koo-koo-land)

MEANING:
noun: An idealized, unrealistic state; a place out of touch with reality.

ETYMOLOGY:
Loan translation of Greek Nephelokokkugia, from nephele (cloud) +
kokkux (cuckoo). The word was coined in The Birds, a comedy by
Athenian playwright Aristophanes (c. 450-388 BCE). Nephelokokkugia was
the name of a city in the sky, built by the birds in collaboration
with some Athenians.

USAGE:
"'Retirement at 58 is cloud cuckoo land for most private sector
workers, many of whom find their pension savings shot to pieces,' said
Lord Oakeshott."
Holly Watt; The Million Pound Pension Pots of the Mandarins; The Daily
Telegraph (London, UK); Jan 1, 2010.

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A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
One cannot do right in one department of life whilst he is occupied in
doing wrong in any other department. Life is one indivisible whole.
-Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948)

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