As dead as a dodo
On my writing blog I have been writing about idioms. Some of these expression that we use in everyday life relate to birds and some have very interesting origins. Here is another idiom.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“As dead as a dodo.Ã¢â‚¬Â
If something is Ã¢â‚¬Å“as dead as a dodoÃ¢â‚¬Â it is dead, extinct, no longer working, obsolete or out of date.
The dodo was a large, rather strange looking bird. It lived on the islands of Mauritius and Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Its name is Portuguese and means Ã¢â‚¬Å“sillyÃ¢â‚¬Â or Ã¢â‚¬Å“stupid.Ã¢â‚¬Â European explorers and traders in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries found the flightless bird to be both easily caught and delicious to eat. This eventually brought about its extinction.
- Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is no use trying to use that old car,Ã¢â‚¬â„¢ said James. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Its motor is as dead as a dodo.Ã¢â‚¬Â