Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday phrase: Bridge of Asses or Pons Asinorum

Bridge of Asses or Pons Asinorum (Latin for "Bridge of Asses") is a term used to refer to a problem that severely tests the ability of an inexperienced person, and therefore separates the serious and dedicated students from the “asses.”

It is said that students are as reluctant to tackle these problems as donkeys (asses) are to cross over a bridge. Once a student is experienced in his field, however, the problem appears relatively simple.

The term can be used to refer to a problem that is a stumbling block in any field, or to a problem whose solution seems pointless.

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