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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

lilliputian

\lil-i-PYOO-shuhn\ , adjective;
1.
Extremely small; tiny; diminutive.
2.
Trivial.
Quotes:
A low fence surrounded the gash, but given the length and width and depth of this trench, the fence seemed Lilliputian, feeble.
-- Lewis Buzbee, The Haunting of Charles Dickens
Fifty-to-one-hundred- foot-tall hoodoo rock formations towered above me as I scrambled around the sandstone and granite like a Lilliputian.
-- Aron Ralston, 127 Hours: Between a Rock and a Hard Place
Origin:
Lilliputian pertaining to Lilliput, the fabulous island whose inhabitants were six inches high, coined by Swift in "Gulliver's Travels" (1726).
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