Word of the day for Friday, March 26th

Today’s word doesn’t need a glittery animated font. It’s glittery enough on its own, and was sent to me by a great poet. My favorite part is the pronunciation key. Haw, Great Poet! Thanks for sharing.

Nephelokokkugia

cloud-cuckoo-land or cloud cuckoo land

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.

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