from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A traditional Pennsylvania Dutch folk art motif of a bird or birds symbolizing good luck and happiness.
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- n. A stylized goldfinch in Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, representing happiness and good fortune.
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 ...