Sticks in my craw

To quote a character in the movie Network, “Mad as ‘ell and not going to take it anymore.”

STICK IN ONE’S CRAW – “When you can’t swallow something, when it won’t go down, or you are loath to accept it, it sticks in your craw. The craw is the crop or preliminary stomach of a fowl, where food is predigested. Hunters centuries ago noticed that some birds swallowed bits of stone that were too large to pass through the craw and into the digestive tract. These stones, unlike the sand and pebbles needed by birds to help grind food in the pouch, literally stuck in the craw, couldn’t go down any farther. This oddity became part of the language of hunters and the phrase was soon used figuratively.” From the Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 1997).

I’m going to answer my earlier question: I’m going to put clip art in the Gallery of individualsin Ancestry.comwho have inconsistent information. NOT to shame that deceased individual but to draw attention to the fact that misinformation is “hard to swallow.”

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