A villain or other threat. The allusion is to the traditional story of The Three Little
Pigs, who are menaced one after another in their
respective homes of straw, twigs, and bricks by the
Big Bad Wolf, who seeks to blow the houses down and eat their owners. The tag is often applied to men who have the reputation of being sexual predators. “I do get a bit tired of being the permanent Big Bad Wolf ” (Diane Pearson, Voices of Summer, 1993).
the names of two rocks between Italy and Sicily, and only a short distance from one another. In the midst of the one of these rocks which was nearest to Italy, there dwelt, according to Homer, Scylla, a daughter of Crataeis, a fearful monster, barking like a dog, with twelve feet, six long necks and mouths, each of which contained three rows of sharp teeth. The opposite rock, which was much lower, contained an immense fig-tree, under which there dwelt Charybdis, who thrice every day swallowed down the waters of the sea, and thrice threw them up again : both were formidable to the ships which had to pass between them (Hom. Od.xii. 73, &c., 235, &c.). Later traditions represent Scylla as a daughter of Phorcys or Phorbas, by Hecate Crataeis (Apollon. Rhod. iv. 828, &c., with the Scholiast), or by Lamia; while others make her a daughter of Triton, or Poseidon and Crataeis (Eustath.ad Hom. p. 1714), or of Typhon and Echidna (Hygin. Fab. praef.). Some, again, describe her as a monster with six heads of different animals, or with only three heads (Tzetz. ad Lycoph. 650 ; Eustath. l. c.). Continue reading SCYLLA (Skulla) and Charybdis
A gourmand. The name belonged to three celebrated Roman epicures, the most
famous of whom was Marcus Gavius Apicius, who lived in the ﬁrst century a.d. and was the author of a book of recipes known as Of Culinary Matters.
When he was faced through ﬁnancial difﬁculty with having to restrict himself to a plain diet, he killed himself rather than suffer such privation.
This Apicius dedicated his life to seeking out new taste sensations in the restaurants and hotels of Manhattan.