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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Thursday 20th June 2024
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cloud-cuckoo-land (noun) klowd-KOOK-oo-land

An imaginary, problem-free place, the product of wishful thinking.

(The word is a translation of the Greek Nephelokokkugia, an imaginary city in the air in Aristophanes' The Birds.)

It scarcely needs saying that he had no idea of what China had been like, was like then, and might be like in the future. He just wanted a cloud-cuckoo land to console him from the stress of living in his actual surroundings.

Clive James, The Question of Karl Kraus, Australian Literary Review, March 2007. (Web Version)

The funding that exists will hopefully increase, although we do not live in cloud cuckoo land.

John Whittingdale, House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee - Caring for our collections, Sixth report, vol.2. Committee Report

Why, she's even embarked on a new relationship, though it's nothing for you to worry about, since you seem to be living in cloud-cuckoo-land anyway.

Mariella Frostrup, The Observer, 20 May 2007. The Observer

Such is Miss Churchill's great gift for making the illogical both human and plausible that we quickly forget that we're in a timewarped cloud-cuckoo land.

Frank Rich, The New York Times, 29 December 1982. New York Times

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