rabbit hole = (engl. Kaninchenbau) ist eine aus dem Englischen übernommene Metapher, die für einen langen und verzweigten Tunnel ohne sichtbares Ende steht. Besonders im Internet wird der Ausdruck verwendet, wenn man einem Link nach dem anderen folgt —— going down a rabbit hole = sich in etwas verlieren, sich in etwas verrennen
“What links Nixon and the Kennedys to the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park? We go down a RABBIT HOLE to find out.”
Larry Ryan - The Guardian (4th June 2022)
- also rabbit burrow, a hole in the ground dug by wild rabbits and leading to a warren
- (informal) a surreal or bewildering situation
- (informal) a series of linked pages on the internet that create a prolonged distraction from one’s work or business
The term “rabbit hole” has been used since at least the early 20th century to refer to a hole in the ground made by rabbits. It gained new meaning after the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, in which the young heroine falls down a rabbit hole and enters a fantastical world.
The phrase was later adopted by the counterculture of the 1960s to describe the experience of taking psychedelic drugs and entering an altered state of consciousness.
LEWIS CARROLL - DID YOU KNOW?
- Before he became a writer, Lewis Carroll was a lecturer in mathematics at Christ Church College, Oxford, where he taught for 26 years. He was known for his ability to explain complex mathematical concepts in an easy-to-understand manner.
- Despite his great talent for writing, Lewis Carroll suffered from a stammer, which made it difficult for him to speak in public. Preferring to communicate through writing, he often wrote letters instead of speaking face-to-face.
- Carroll was an avid photographer and one of the first people to take portraits of children. He particularly enjoyed taking pictures of young girls, many of which have become famous.
- Lewis Carroll was known for his love of wordplay—inventing words and phrases that have since become part of the English language. For example, he coined the term “chortle,” a combination of “chuckle” and “snort”, which is now a recognized word in the Oxford English Dictionary.
- Although his writings are often associated with fantasy and nonsense, Lewis Carroll was a devout Anglican who took his faith very seriously. He regularly attended church services and even considered becoming a clergyman at one point in his life.
- a complex or confusing situation that is difficult to get out of
bottomless pit, Catch-22, Chinese puzzle, conundrum, deep dive, dilemma, enigma, Gordian knot, hall of mirrors, imbroglio, labyrinth, maze,, paradox, predicament, puzzle, quagmire, RABBIT HOLE, riddle, rubik’s cube, snarl, tangled web
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“I was looking up a recipe for chocolate cake, and before I knew it, I had fallen down a RABBIT HOLE of cat videos. Did you know that cats can get brain freeze from eating ice cream?"
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