[Ads-l] waddle

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 21 15:39:52 EST 2021


Yes, the '63 was a typo. (Like "'64." Heh.) The column was reprinted in
_The Best of Red Smith_ in 1963.

"Waddling," n., isn't in OED either.

JL

On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 3:14 PM ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Nice work on an entertaining collective noun, JL. It appears that the
> year for the Red Smith citation was 1961 instead of 1964.
> The sometimes reliable Wikipedia has "waddling" for a group of ducks on
> land.
>
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animal_names#Usage_of_collective_nouns
> Garson
>
> On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 10:58 AM Jonathan Lighter
> <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > 2021 _New Yorker_ (Jan. 25) 4: A group of penguins in the water is
> called a
> > raft - on land, they become a waddle.
> >
> > OED has "raft" for aquatic birds from 1709, but no "waddle" of anything.
> > How little know they of our native tongue!
> >
> > 1963 Red Smith, in _Philadelphia Inquirer_ (Jan. 18) 37: Mr. Lillis
> > imported a waddle of penguins who lined up at the clubhouse gate in their
> > snappy thermal attire and were the first clients admitted.
> >
> > 2004  Richard Spilsbury and Louise Spilsbury _A Rookery of Penguins_
> > (Chicago: Heinemann) 29:  What is a waddle of penguins? Some people call
> a
> > group of penguins a waddle, because of the way they walk.
> >
> > Smith was a popular, widely syndicated sports columnist. Many zoo people
> > must have read this column.
> >
> > JL
> >
> >
> >
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