2017-05-04 / Editorial

Phrase of the week

Crocodile tears: Meaning superficial sympathy or a false, insincere display of emotion, the phrase derives from a belief crocodiles moaned and cried to attract sympathy and then snatched and ate its prey. This legend dates to 1400 and British adventurer Sir John Maunderville. While crocodiles do have tear ducts, they weep to lubricate their eyes, typically when they have been out of water for a long time and their eyes begin to dry out.

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