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oshendoschen commented on the word unbirdly
December 6, 2008
bilby commented on the word unbirdly
Reminds me a bit of burdalane.
December 4, 2008
sionnach commented on the word unbirdly
I think sarra's fine sentence would read even better if "unbirdly" were replaced by "otherbirdly". Or maybe "a quite unbirdly, almost otherwordly, scream".Never mind.
pterodactyl commented on the word unbirdly
Yes! A new word for my list "Words that look like adverbs but aren't"!And trivet -- I adore your interrobang!
trivet commented on the word unbirdly
Huh. *vows how to drop unhappy Household Foul into conversation today.*
reesetee commented on the word unbirdly
Good question! :-) The "official" definition is:Unlike a bird; not maintaining the character of a bird.The examples:a1667 COWLEY Verses & Ess., Ode upon Liberty iii, None so degenerous and unbirdly prove,..None but a few unhappy Houshold Foul. 1834 K. H. DIGBY Mores Cath. V. vi. 185 If we would not degenerate below our species, and even unbirdly prove, we should rise to salute the dawn.
December 3, 2008
I'm just wondering what, exactly, could be described as unbirdly... What is the opposite of a bird?
sarra commented on the word unbirdly
“While at the bird sanctuary I was set upon by a creature which gave a quite unbirdly scream”, for example :)
True! It means, predictably, "not birdlike."
An actual word, according to OED. :-)