Re: Weekly Vocab 6: to know
|From:||H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 8, 2003, 21:31|
On Thu, May 08, 2003 at 10:40:23PM +0200, Henrik Theiling wrote:
> Well, why should a 'toad' be connected to death? Is that really so?
> Any sources for this?[snip]
My (wild, uninformed) guess is that toads were thought to be poisonous.
The skin on a toad's back was supposed to contain some venom or something.
I'm not sure if this has any basis in biology, though.
It's amazing how careful choice of punctuation can leave you hanging: