Run away, don’t get tangled up …

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

Today’s word from A.W.A.D.is quite sticky, quite thorny, it’s a …

tar baby

PRONUNCIATION:
(TAHR bay-bee)
MEANING:
noun: Something to be avoided: a sticky situation or problem from which it’s almost impossible to get out of.
ETYMOLOGY:
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.
USAGE:
“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.

http://wordsmith.org/words/tar_baby.html.

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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