29 April, 2008

Thank you Anu!

I really liked yesterday's AWAD:

"So many mythological animals live on in literature, in our minds, and inour imagination, that they would fill a virtual zoo.

Because these creatures are myths, they're not bound by biological rules.Sometimes they're part human, part animal. They could have a human head and an animal body, or vice versa.
These permutations and combinations of body parts make it look as thoughthe gods were playing a mix-n-match game of combining parts to make composites. At times, one of these mythical animals had more than a single head.

Enjoy looking at the menagerie this week and feel free to use their attributes metaphorically in situations in your life.

chimera (ki-MEER-uh, ky-) noun

1. A fanciful fabrication; illusion.
2. An organism having genetically different tissues.

[After Chimera, a fire-breathing female monster in Greek mythology who hada lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail. From Greek khimaira(she-goat), ultimately from the Indo-European root ghei- (winter) that isthe ancestor of words such as chimera (literally a female animal that is onewinter, or one year old), hibernate, and the Himalayas, from Sanskrit him(snow) + alaya (abode).]"

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=chimera
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"The government subsidies [for bio-fuel] may quickly dry up once policymakers face up to the reality of their euphoric chimera, and food shortages threaten political stability and national security." Abdullah A. Dewan; Fuel Versus Food; The Daily Star (Dhaka, Bangladesh); Apr 24, 2008.

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