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Whitear

Post by Phil White » Wed Jun 26, 2019 11:49 pm

Pottering around on Wikipedia (as one does), I came across this joyous piece of folk etymology:
The songbird wheatear or white-ear is a back-formation from Middle English whit-ers "white arse", referring to the prominent white rump found in most species. Although both white and arse are common in Modern English, the folk etymology may be euphemism.
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