Saturday, December 10, 2005

I had no idea

An AP wire item dated today reads in part

Pakistan's Supreme Court has extended a ban on making, selling and flying kites that it imposed two months ago after ruling the sport had become increasingly deadly, an official said Saturday.

While the court was hearing the case, which it decided on Friday, police swung batons and lobbed tear gas shells outside the building to disperse about 500 kite-makers and kite-flying enthusiasts who were trying to attend the proceedings.

How is it deadly, you might ask?

The sport sometimes turns deadly when people fall from roofs or are wounded by metal-lined strings. The strings are popular for use in kite battles where people try to cut each others' lines.

I had no idea. Not only that kites could be deadly, but also that kites were an important political issue elsewhere in the world. I also hadn't the foggiest that people battled using kites.

1. Tending to violence; explosive.
2. Flying or capable of flying; volant.
"volatile." The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. 11 Dec. 2005.

This really adds another layer of meaning to the phrase

go fly a kite
Go away and stop bothering me.
This somewhat impolite colloquial imperative dates from the first half of the 1900s.
"go fly a kite." The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1992. 11 Dec. 2005.