Run away, don’t get tangled up …

Brer Rabbit and The Tar Baby by Greg Foster PhotographyGood evening folks,

Today’s word from quite sticky, quite thorny, it’s a …

tar baby

(TAHR bay-bee)
noun: Something to be avoided: a sticky situation or problem from which it’s almost impossible to get out of.
After “Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby”, one of the folk stories compiled by Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908) in Uncle Remus: His Songs and His Sayings. In the story, Brer Fox tries to trap Brer
Rabbit by making a baby doll out of tar and puts it on the side of the road. Earliest documented use: 1881, in the above-mentioned story.
“The Nixon tar baby clung to Mr. Ford. A month after taking office he pardoned the ex-president, immediately dissipating much of the good will derived from his handling of the White House changeover.”
Editorial; A Ford, Not a Lincoln; The Blade (Toledo, Ohio); Dec 28, 2006.

Obviously, A.W.A.D. reports the ‘politically correct’ meaning of this expression, for the full acceptation I invite U to visit Urban Dictionary

See you soon, folks …

P.S.: Amendment of the last second: This was yesterday’s word, not today as I told. As usual, I’m late!

Brer Rabbit and The Tar Baby, a photo by Greg Foster Photography on Flickr.

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