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#1 2011-09-14 18:09:47

From: Mexico
Registered: 2007-10-12
Posts: 1813

A Lehman moment

(Since this is the section for things that aren’t eggcorns … it just caught my eye:)

Dan Hannan blogs: “Europe’s banks are staring at a Lehman moment. This is the tempest long foretold, slow to make head but sure to hold.”

*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .

(Possible Corollary: it is, and we are .)



#2 2011-12-22 22:22:06

David Bird
From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1251

Re: A Lehman moment

What do you make of “slow to make head”? A blend of headway and the storm clouds coming to a (thunder)head? And “sure to hold”? I think I’m having a senior’s moment because this poetic sentence seems to hold meaning that I can’t extract.



#3 2011-12-22 23:37:28

From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

Re: A Lehman moment

I remember pondering the same lines when David T first posted this. “Make head” is a phrase I’ve only seen in 19th C stuff outside of this Kipling poem, and I think it means “to advance, make progress,” though I couldn’t quickly confirm that. I think “hold” here means to be maintained, and both of those interpretations fit with the larger context of the poem—which refers to a tempest that’s been long a-brewing and won’t dissipate quickly.



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