- From German, goldfinch, from Middle High German distelvinke, from Old High German distilvinko : distil, thistle, + vinko, finch. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Feed mii scraple en cawl mii a distelfink, butt WT-teknoe!”
“Another such word is geoduck, which is pronounced "gooey duck"; a less violently dissonant, but still unpredictable, spelling is distelfink, which according to Merriam-Webster's is pronounced DISH-tlfink it's from Pennsylvania Dutch dischdelfink 'goldfinch', although the AHD gives the normalized DIST-lfink.”
“They have groovy geometric folk symbols said to have magical properties: a heart for love, the distelfink a cute bird for good luck and happiness.”
“If you stole someone's five-foot good luck distelfink, the Pennsylvania Dutch would like to speak ...”
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