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    What is the meaning of "henny penny"

    Hi,

    This is from Maureen Dowd's column about Hillary Clinton
    criticizing Rumsfeld in the context of the Iraq war.

    There was a pause while Rummy summoned all the condescension he usually reserves for doltish reporters.

    “My goodness,’’ he exhaled finally, firing off a defense that could have been translated as: “Where do I start educating you on your utterly superficial understanding of the enemy, you harridan hippy-dippy Henny Penny?”


    What does "Henny Penny" mean here?

    Thanks

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    Re: What is the meaning of "henny penny"

    Quote Originally Posted by englishstudent View Post
    Hi,
    This is from Maureen Dowd's column about Hillary Clinton
    criticizing Rumsfeld in the context of the Iraq war.
    There was a pause while Rummy summoned all the condescension he usually reserves for doltish reporters.
    “My goodness,’’ he exhaled finally, firing off a defense that could have been translated as: “Where do I start educating you on your utterly superficial understanding of the enemy, you harridan hippy-dippy Henny Penny?”

    What does "Henny Penny" mean here?
    Thanks

    Google tells me Henny Penny is a children's story character - a foolish woman who came to a terrible end. It is not a story I know.

    Rumsfeld trully is a dreadful man - if only for his regular destruction of the English language.

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    Smile Re: What is the meaning of "henny penny"

    Quote Originally Posted by DavyBCN View Post
    Google tells me Henny Penny is a children's story character - a foolish woman who came to a terrible end. It is not a story I know.
    Rumsfeld trully is a dreadful man - if only for his regular destruction of the English language.
    Thanks DavyBCN. I should have checked Google.

    I think in this column, this is Ms Dowd's view of what Rumsfeld might have
    said. But I understand your point. For that matter, isn't W worse, or
    rather _the_ worst? Birds of a feather, eh? :)

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    Re: What is the meaning of "henny penny"

    Henny Penny is a character in a classic children's story. She is a chicken who, when an acorn falls on her head, believes that the sky is falling and spreads alarm all through the barnyard.

    When someone is referred to as a Henny Penny, it usually means someone who is an alarmist, or someone who reacts to a situation without knowing all the details.

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    Re: What is the meaning of "henny penny"

    Ouisch, thank you for the explanation.

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