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Monday, May 28, 2007

Quagmire

quagmire \KWAG-myr; KWOG-\, noun:
1. Soft, wet, miry land that shakes or yields under the feet.
2. A difficult or precarious position or situation; a predicament.
3. Our driveway.

Quagmire is from quag, a dialectical variant of quake (from Old English cwacian) + mire, from Old Norse myrr, "a swamp."

1 comment:

JAG said...

It's a bit of an ugly word really. I don't like "kw" sounding words.

Last Sunday I went for a short dark run on quagmire terrain!