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.

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    1. It means the wrong kind of wings, Maggie.

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

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    1. For all I know about Eyptology they could be!

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

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    1. The wongs are very hard to spot, Nicola.

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

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  5. Was it Cleopatra or a mythical figure?

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

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

    Susan at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    1. An inscrutable riddle sounds fiendish, Susan.

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

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

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