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date: 30 January 2023

Big-Endians and Little-Endians [Lit.] 

Source:
A Dictionary of Reference and Allusion

In Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726) the Big-Endians are a group of people in Lilliput who believe that boiled eggs should be broken at the big end rather than at the little end, as commanded by the Emperor of Lilliput. As a result of this disagreement Lilliput and the neighbouring land of Blefuscu have ‘been engaged in a most obstinate war for six and thirty moons past’.... ...

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