Monday, February 13, 2006

walleyed and tongue-tied

my onkel eric has kindly pointed out that merriam-webster dictionary kicked off the celebration of the week of wally with their word of the day for february 12th:

The Word of the Day for February 12 is:

walleyed \WAWL-eyed\ adjective 1 : having walleyes or affected with walleye
*2 : marked by a wild irrational staring of the eyes Example sentence:
Being refused service at the restaurant left Trent so angry that he could only manage a walleyed stare. Did you know?
The noun "walleye" has several meanings. It can refer to an eye with a whitish or bluish-white iris or to one with an opaque white cornea. It can also refer to a condition in which the eye turns outward away from the nose. The extended second sense of the adjective "walleyed" came from the appearance of eyes affected with the condition of walleye. You might guess that "walleyed" has an etymological connection with "wall," but that?s not the case. Rather, it is derived from "wawil-eghed" ˜ a Middle English translation of the Old Norse word "vagl-eygr," from "vagl" ("beam") and "eygr" ("eyed"). *Indicates the sense illustrated in the example sentence.


3. piercing eyes exercise their hypnotic power to force naked apes to do their bidding. As in: Wally used his walleyes to get a slab of lox for breakfast this morning. Now get him some more before he gives you the walleye again.


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