"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Saturday, 28 February 2009

The elephant in the room

The elephant in the room - a phrase used to describe a major problem or controversial issue which is obviously present but avoided as a subject for discussion because it is more comfortable to do so.


  1. Great photo find! I believe the elephants begin a little smaller but grow quickly if avoided for too long :o)

  2. That is a brilliant photo.

  3. Id love to claim the ohoto as my own but it isn't. I found the image by doing a google search but it was unacknowledged. If anyone knows the source I'll be happy to acknowledge it.

  4. I'm quite fond of this saying. All that needs to be said.
    And Heather's right, isn't she? They begin as a small elephant, but grow quickly if avoided for too long.