arse, barrel, bog, bum, cock, drum, dun, foot, fucker, jobber, knee,
nut, pickle, pie, pin, quest, river, rolling, thick, wind, winder, wood
How many pecking orders?
T. O. Panellist
"Arse foot"? That's a strange pair.
Jerry Friedman, T. O. Hinter
Old colloquial name in Britain for the Great Crested Grebe. Its legs
are very far back on its body; good for swimming and diving, but not
Peter Young, (BrE, RP), Consultant Anaesthetist, 1975-2004.
(US equivalent: Certified Anesthesiologist)
Cheltenham and Gloucester, UK. Now happily retired.
Anyway, there are seven orders. Three of them are Passeriformes, two
each Podicipediformes and Falconiformes, one each of the other four.
'Eight' or 'seven or eight' would also have been accepted.
Arse foot = Great Crested Grebe. Order: Podicipediformes.
Bum barrel = Long-tailed Tit. Order: Passeriformes.
Bog drum = Bittern. Order: Pelicaniformes.
Cock winder = Wigeon. Order: Anseriformes.
Dun pickle = Marsh Harrier. Order: either Falconiformes or
Nut jobber = Nuthatch. Order: Passeriformes.
River pie = Dipper. Order: Passeriformes.
Rolling pin = various grebes. Order: Podicipediformes.
Wood quest = Wood Pigeon. Order: Columbiformes.
Thick knee = Stone Curlew (and others). Order: Charadriformes.
Wind fucker = Kestrel. Order: Falconiformes.
The title/slug uses two more old or local names for birds. 'Sinbad' was
a bullfinch; 'mavis' was a thrush.
>arse, barrel, bog, bum, cock, drum, dun, foot, fucker, jobber, knee,
>nut, pickle, pie, pin, quest, river, rolling, thick, wind, winder, wood
>How many pecking orders?
Am I correct in assuming that the Mavis of the slugline is anarthrous
typing teacher Mavis Beacon?
'Fraid not. Someone's already answered the question, and someone else
has provided an explanation, in this thread.
Your Cormo is being towed to you by a flock of south-southerlies.
Thanks to Peter Young for helping out.
Jerry Friedman, T. O. Sheeporderer