[Ads-l] Buzzard grouponyms

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 27 13:35:23 EST 2021


I learned that sense of "kettling" when it was in the news 18 months ago in
reference to the corralling of protestors at the event in Lafayette Park
culminating in the photo-op of the former guy holding up someone's Bible
upside down.

LH

On Mon, Dec 27, 2021 at 8:41 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> MW is also silent on all of the above, including the verb. However, the
> recent transitive sense (2009), 'to corral or contain (people) in large
> numbers by surrounding and forcing into an enclosed area,' seems related.
>
> JL
>
> On Mon, Dec 27, 2021 at 7:59 AM Amy West <medievalist at w-sts.com> wrote:
>
> > Actually, and I think there are better birders than me here, "kettling"
> > is not just flying: it's that circling around an area in the air, and
> > it's not just buzzards/vultures that do it. You'll see other raptors do
> > it. I am much more familiar with it as a verb than as a noun in birding.
> >
> > ---Amy West
> >
> > On 12/27/21 00:00, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
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> > >    1. Buzzard grouponyms (2)
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> > > Date:    Sun, 26 Dec 2021 11:08:56 -0500
> > > From:    Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
> > > Subject: Buzzard grouponyms
> > >
> > >
> >
> https://www.yahoo.com/news/kat-bergeron-cool-things-learned-060000703.html
> > :
> > >
> > > "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
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