Idiom #8: In Cloud Cuckoo Land

This week’s idiom:

“In cloud cuckoo land.”


This idiom is a translation of the name of an imaginary city in a play called The Birds written by the Greek playwright Aristophanes in the fifth century BC. In this city the birds built in the air.


Anyone who lives “in cloud cuckoo land” has lost their grip on reality. Their thoughts or words or actions seem to be divorced from the ordinary aspects of life. In everyone’s estimation they are somewhat crazy, or misguided or just plain silly.


“If he thinks he will sell his house for that much, he is living in cloud cuckoo land.”

See also mt article “What is an idiom?


2 Responses to “Idiom #8: In Cloud Cuckoo Land”

  1. Walter Burek says:


    I was “tagged” and had to blog the “Five things people don’t know about me” on my Inklings blog.

    In turn, I had to tag five people, and you’re one of them.

    It’s a harmless little viral thing that might generate a little more traffic for your blog.

    Your blog is one of my favorites and I think more people should see it.

    All the best,
    Walter Burek

  2. Trevor says:

    Hi there Walter. This is the second time I’ve been tagged and I haven’t responded to the first yet. I’m rather busy at present but will get to it in the next few days. Thank you for your kind words.