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reesetee commented on the word hoarsgouk
June 2, 2011
ruzuzu commented on the word hoarsgouk
The consummate hernesherring.
June 1, 2011
hernesheir commented on the word hoarsgouk
Speaking of red herrings, I have compiled a list called Bird Fish.
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*
Cf. Swedish horsgjock, Icelandic hrossegankr.
--Dr. Jamieson's Scottish Dictionary and Supplement, 1841.
May 26, 2011
bilby commented on the word hoarsgouk
Whoah Doc Jammy
With a Hielan' pa
An' a Viking mammy
Wore buntlin breeks
An' a goudspink tammie
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
sionnach commented on the word hoarsgouk
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.
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.
The snipe, as it was called in Orkney.
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