Couple things before I leave town, including an etymology, of course!
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I don’t usually like to recycle recent entries from other word posters, but I came across such an interesting etymology recently in A Word A Day that I just have to share it.
pedigree: through Anglo-Norman, as early as 1327, French pied (foot) + grue (crane), so named because the lines on a genealogical chart resemble that bird’s foot.
Doesn’t it sound funny to say, “He has a very impressive crane’s foot”?
Today’s the day my big trip to Ethiopia begins. I will be back in about 10 days. I’ll have Internet access while I’m gone, but it’s hard to tell how reliable it will be. More importantly, I don’t want to spend a lot of my vacation staring at a screen. I may post an interesting language tidbit or two, but no promises. See #1 above if you want to make sure you know when I’m back at the keyboard.
I’m told that one shouldn’t reveal online that she’s about to be away, in fear that ne’er-do-wells and miscreants might attempt to approach her dwelling with nefarious and felonious intent. Beware! The Professor will be home, and our home security system will be activated. Toodle-oo!
Home security system