[Ads-l] Not in the OED -- perhaps with good reason
george.thompson at NYU.EDU
Fri Apr 15 14:21:06 UTC 2022
The NYTimes follows up on "snarge". It seems to be well-established in a
pretty small (I've got to admit) coterie of scientists and technologists.
When I wrote about European starlings and their complex North American
I didn’t expect readers to be so fascinated by one particular word in the
article: snarge. But as the emails, tweets
and other feedback poured in, it became clear that this gnarly-sounding
six-letter word and the field of scientific inquiry that produced it were
worth closer examination.
Carla Dove <https://naturalhistory.si.edu/staff/carla-dove>, program
manager for the Smithsonian Institution’s Feather Identification Lab
<https://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/25/science/25birds.html> . . . , said she
wasn’t sure who first coined the term snarge, but that she first heard it
at the museum.
On Mon, Apr 11, 2022 at 3:36 PM George Thompson <george.thompson at nyu.edu>
> Words from 2 articles in recent NYTimes.
> 1: snarge; bits of bird that have gone through a jet engine
> "Since its formation, the Feather Identification Lab has worked with the
> Federal Aviation Administration to make air travel safer. Using the
> Smithsonian’s vast collection of feathers, Dr. Dove and other experts can
> take a piece of “snarge,” what they call bits of bird that have gone
> through a jet engine, and figure out which species it belonged to. Then,
> airport managers and wildlife biologists can work together to make the
> facilities less attractive to those species."
> The Shakespearean Tall Tale That Shaped How We See Starlings
> April 11, 2022
> In addition, this article studies the notion that starlings were
> introduced to America by a crank who wanted every bird mentioned in
> Shakespeare's plays to be found in the U. S. Apparently, there was such a
> crank, but he was not the only person to release starling here, nor even
> the first. I had been thinking that the genetic makeup of American
> starlings would be worth studying, if they are all descended from the few
> pairs the crank released. But it seems that they are not.
> 2: triet: a synchronized call uttered by three birds.
> "Suhridam Roy, a graduate student at the foundation, visited four of
> these trios and played recordings of other crane pairs singing their
> territorial duets. In response, each trio performed its own synchronized
> call. The scientists called it a triet."
> These Birds Form a Trio, but Probably Not a Throuple
> April 9, 2022
> The cranes in question are the sarus crane, of India. A pair of birds
> are often joined by a third bird, either male or female, who helps to
> gather food and otherwise raise the baby cranes.
> The article, in its on-line version, offers a ten-second video of three cranes
> It's on record that among other species of birds a third bird will join in
> raising the young of the season, but it seems that the third bird is always
> a sibling from the previous brood. These cranes are unusual in that the
> nanny-bird isn't an immediate relative, and that the relationship may
> continue over more than one year.
> I suppose that "throuple" is a nonce-word, meant as a joke. It's not in
> the OED, anyway.
> "triet" might be a joking nonce-word, too, but at least it's attributed to
> scientists, not to the headline writer.
> 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.)
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.)
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