Sunday, January 11, 2009
a preternaturally large bird
My entry: "You must be the early bird."
I reference a popular proverb: "The early bird catches the worm." The first recorded use of this proverb was John Ray's "A collection of English proverbs," 1670. Only at that time the phrase was rendered slightly differently: "The early bird catcheth the worm." My allusion to the rich history of the English language was apparently lost on the judges.