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  • Heehee!

    June 2, 2011

  • The consummate hernesherring.

    June 1, 2011

  • Speaking of red herrings, I have compiled a list called Bird Fish.

    June 1, 2011

  • If these are all red herrings, then hernesheir is the consummate red-herringist. Also, I'd have to delete them all from my bird nicknames list. ;-)

    Bilby, you've created a very bizarre earworm. *sigh*

    June 1, 2011

  • Cf. Swedish horsgjock, Icelandic hrossegankr.


    --Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.

    May 26, 2011

  • Whoah Doc Jammy
    bam a-lam
    With a Hielan' pa
    bam a-lam
    An' a Viking mammy
    bam a-lam
    Wore buntlin breeks
    bam a-lam
    An' a goudspink tammie
    bam a-lam
    Whoah Doc Jammy
    bam a-lam
    Yeah!

    May 21, 2011

  • Actually, Dr. Jamieson's etymologies for the bird (nick)names and their parts are extremely interesting and informative, providing cognates from Anglo-Saxon, Icelandic, and other sources.

    May 20, 2011

  • And herrings. Though it's possible that all of these "words" that hh has been entertaining us with lately are red herrings. A snipe hunt, if you will.

    May 20, 2011

  • I'm getting the impression that Scotland of once-upon-a-yern-bluter was so bereft of divertissements that the main pastime was conjuring weird names for birds.

    May 20, 2011

  • The snipe, as it was called in Orkney.

    May 20, 2011