Todays Word: “Gordian”

Word: Gordian




adjective: Highly intricate; extremely difficult to solve.


In Greek mythology, King Gordius of Phrygia tied a knot that defied all who tried to untie it. An oracle prophesied that one who would undo this Gordian knot would rule Asia. Alexander the Great simply cut the knot with one stroke of his sword. Hence the saying, “to cut the Gordian knot”, meaning to solve a difficult problem by a simple, bold, and effective action. Earliest documented use: 1579.


“The Gordian complexity of Afghanistan continues to confound Washington’s top military and political strategists.”
Patience, Perseverance Best Options in Afghanistan; The Dallas Morning News (Texas); Dec 27, 2010.

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