Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Like John McCain: a phoenix

from www.wordsmith.org

This one is used so often that it verges on a mythological cliché, perhaps because there are always so many celebrities rising from the ashes.

phoenix (FEE-niks) noun
1. A person or thing of unparalleled beauty or excellence.
2. A person or thing that has regenerated or rejuvenated after a great misfortune.

[After a fabulous bird of great beauty in Egyptian mythology. It lived to 500 years and burned itself on a funeral pyre to be born again from the ashes.]

"[Oprah Winfrey] is a phoenix who rose from the ashes and became self-sufficient and highly respected."
-- Beverly Stewart; Small Business Spotlight; The News Journal (Wilmington, Delaware); Mar 31, 2005.

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