Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Sphinx

A sphinx is a creature with a woman's head and lion's body. Sometimes it has wings too. Sphinx-like means an enigmatic or inscrutable person.

When people refer to The Sphinx, they generally mean this one at Giza.

14 comments:

Maggie May said...

'Wongs'. Now that's a word!!

Patsy said...

It means the wrong kind of wings, Maggie.

Well, either that or it was a typo which I've now fixed ;-)

Anne Rainbow said...

They look like wongs to me.

Nicola said...

:) I was just searching for 'wongs' :) Great word - I need a bit of Sphinx injected into me at the moment.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

It's not the only one, just the most famous.

oscar case said...

Was it Cleopatra or a mythical figure?

Susan A Eames said...

Great word, isn't it? Sphinx... rolls off the tongue. And what about The Riddle of the Sphinx? :)

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Travel, Fiction and Photos

liz young said...

Then there's that ditty that ends with 'which accounts for the hump on the camel and the sphinx's inscrutable smile'.

Patsy said...

For all I know about Eyptology they could be!

Patsy said...

The wongs are very hard to spot, Nicola.

Patsy said...

You're right, Alex.

Patsy said...

I don't think it's supposed to represent Cleopatra, Oscar - but I'm no expert.

Patsy said...

An inscrutable riddle sounds fiendish, Susan.

Patsy said...

Don't know that one, Liz. I suspect I've had a lucky escape.