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What does "wonky mire" mean?

"But it didn’t rise from the wonky mire until 1982, "

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    It means the writer has overreached himself; it's a pretty ugly phrase.

    "Wonky" means something crooked or unstable. It also suggests that something should normally be stable, solid and in order.

    A "mire" is a bog; something which has never been stable, solid or ordered, so the use "wonky" is a very bad choice here.

    You can understand what the writer means by defining the words separately, but they really don't go together.

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