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Monday, August 22, 2005

"You Are Not Opague, You Know?" He Said

quag·mire (kwăg'mīr', kwŏg'-)
Land with a soft muddy surface.
A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.

A usually low-lying area of soft waterlogged ground and standing water: bog, fen, marsh, marshland, mire, morass, muskeg, quag, slough, swamp, swampland, wetland.
A difficult, often embarrassing situation or condition: box, corner, deep water, difficulty, dilemma, Dutch, fix, hole, hot spot, hot water, jam, plight, predicament, scrape, soup, trouble. Informal bind, pickle, spot.

n. - lodazal, barrial, tremedal, ciénaga

n. - 沼泽地, 无法脱身的困

How lovely, how apt, how it trips off the tongue!
Not just your everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill mire, but (ooooh!) mire of the QUAG order! Mire so quaggy that it demands international interpretive support!

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