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Re: Herculaneum effort

Posted by ESC on April 24, 2005

In Reply to: Herculaneum effort posted by Lynn Myrick on April 24, 2005

: Herculaneum effort is a phrase that seems to combine Herculean, referring to the strentgh of Hercules, and Herculaneum, the city that perished along with Pompeii. Is this display a show of wit, or a gentle malapropism?

Here's all Merriam-Webster says:

Main Entry: Her·cu·la·ne·um
Pronunciation: "h&r-ky&-'lA-nE-&m
Usage: geographical name
ancient city S Italy in Campania on Tyrrhenian Sea; destroyed A.D. 79 by eruption of Mt. Vesuvius

I vote: show of wit.