TUESDAY TRIVIA: ‘Going Down the Rabbit Hole’ Meaning and Origin

In recent conversations, the phrases ‘going down the rabbit hole’ or ‘falling down the rabbit hole’ have been used.

What do the phrases ‘going down the rabbit hole’ or ‘falling down the rabbit hole’ mean, and where did they come from?

The phrases are metaphors for something that transports someone into a wonderfully or troublingly surreal state or situation. On the internet, a rabbit hole frequently refers to an extremely engrossing and time-consuming topic.

The earliest written record of the phrase is found in Lewis Carroll’s 1865 classic, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” In its opening chapter, “Down the Rabbit-Hole,” Alice follows the White Rabbit into his burrow, which transports her to the strange, surreal and nonsensical world of Wonderland.

More information about the use of the phrases can be found at https://www.dictionary.com/e/slang/rabbit-hole/.

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