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Can you find the origin of the word "owly?" It is used to describe someone who is grumpy or in a bad mood. I think it may have something to do with the owl (bird) but I'm not sure. I'm not even sure if I am spelling it right.ACCESS_POST_ACTIONS
Submitted by Lorie Kropp (Clarion - Latvia)
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