[Ads-l] Buzzard grouponyms

George Thompson george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Sun Dec 26 12:25:42 EST 2021


I've seen "kettle" as a verb for many years, describing the activity of a
group of soaring birds, hawks especially, circling in the air.

GAT

On Sun, Dec 26, 2021 at 11:09 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

>
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.yahoo.com_news_kat-2Dbergeron-2Dcool-2Dthings-2Dlearned-2D060000703.html&d=DwIFaQ&c=slrrB7dE8n7gBJbeO0g-IQ&r=v2Wtu7DQZxSBMSJv-oEMNg&m=3PazRz7U2wmaxY6aCeAknzDtHR9PVwOgQMF1Q2_RStj8knaWwvdNiuPZ-k5SyQOi&s=y5AIJPrUM2s2egi4gJRoABLkQ6GpTm-jRdhfs3kn334&e=
> :
>
> "Did you know that a group of our buzzard-vultures is called a committee,
> venue or volt? A flock in flight is a kettle. When they congregate on a
> feeding ground to share dinner, that’s called a wake."
>
> Almost needless to say, none of these terms is in OED.
>
> JL
> --
> "If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."
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-- 
George A. Thompson
Author of A Documentary History of "The African Theatre", Northwestern
Univ. Pr., 1998.

But when aroused at the Trump of Doom / Ye shall start, bold kings, from
your lowly tomb. . .
L. H. Sigourney, "Burial of Mazeen", Poems.  Boston, 1827, p. 112

The Trump of Doom -- also known as The Dunghill Toadstool.  (Here's a
picture of his great-grandfather.)
http://www.parliament.uk/worksofart/artwork/james-gillray/an-excrescence---a-fungus-alias-a-toadstool-upon-a-dunghill/3851

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