Sunday, June 03, 2007

Whistlepig

There is a crazy turkey walking around my backyard. When the groundhog/woodchuck/whistlepig walked past her, she suddenly stood straight and spread her wings. Then the groundhog continued on its way, going under the fence and into the woods and she went back to eating what ever it was she found in the grass. When she went to the birdfeeder and scared the birds away, I slammed the door a few times to get her to run away and she ignored me. Ignored me!
Over Shabbos, my parents and I spent at least an hour staring out the door at the action around the bird feeder. It's like nature's office water cooler.
Extra credit to whomever can tell me what this is from: "Oh, the water cooler was brought over here for... maintenance. So what do you guys hear? What's the scuttlebutt?"

*The etymology of the name woodchuck is unrelated to wood. It stems from an Algonquian name for the animal, wuchak.

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Anonymous mir said...

the offive?

Monday, June 04, 2007 3:20:00 PM  
Blogger BrownsvilleGirl said...

Yeah, when Dwight moved the water cooler near his desk so he could hear the gossip. (He doesn't need the water cooler for any other reason because he brings his own thermos.)

Monday, June 04, 2007 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous sara said...

i wonder what the origin of the word scuttlebutt is...

Tuesday, June 05, 2007 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger BrownsvilleGirl said...

This term for gossip and rumor has a nautical origin. The scuttlebutt is an early 19th century nautical term for an open cask of water kept on deck for use by the crew. The term comes from scuttle (to cut a hole in) + butt (a large cask).

Sailors would gather about the cask and trade stories and gossip, much like modern office workers do at the water cooler or coffee pot. By the turn of the 20th century, American sailors began using the term scuttlebutt to refer to these sea stories and gossip. And eventually the term became associated with any gossip or rumor and divorced from its nautical origins. Source WordOrigins.Org

Tuesday, June 05, 2007 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous sara said...

it has the word "butt" in it. chaval, a word with so much potential... wasted.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007 1:07:00 AM  

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