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Re: Babe in the woods

Posted by R. Berg on November 12, 2003

In Reply to: Babe in the woods posted by Sax on November 12, 2003

: Can you please help me solve my word of the day? My mom says it's someone who's inexperienced. Is she right? Where does it come from?

Yes, specifically, it means someone who enters a dangerous situation that he or she doesn't have the experience or sophistication to deal with. It comes from a folktale, "The Babes in the Woods." I couldn't find a copy online. It's about children (two, I think) who go into a forest and get lost.