2. Figurative use "whim, fancy, crotchet" is 1620s, from the notion of a maggot in the brain.
3. The use of maggot to mean a fanciful or whimsical thing derives from the folk belief that a whimsical or crotchety person had maggots in his or her brain.
- maggot: see mawkish
- maggot (n.)
- late 15c., probably an unexplained variant of Middle English maðek, from Old English maða "maggot, grub," from Proto-Germanic *mathon (cognates: Old Norse maðkr, Old Saxon matho, Middle Dutch, Dutch made, Old High German mado, German Made, Gothic maþa "maggot"). Figurative use "whim, fancy, crotchet" is 1620s, from the notion of a maggot in the brain.
- 1. The rattailed maggot, for example, possesses a'snorklelike " telescopic air tube.
- 例如长尾蛆就有一个 “ 通气管 ” 似的伸缩吸气管.
- 2. He's got some maggot in his head.
- 3. I never use a single worm on the hook , preferring a cocktail of worm and maggot.
- 我从不单用一只虫作钓饵, 而喜欢用虫和蛆的混合物.
- 4. You've been into Farmer Maggot's crop!
- 5. When the maggot bites, he will go fishing in the rain.
- 他有时心血来潮, 会冒着雨走去钓鱼.
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