What is in a name?

To: Philip Veerman <>
Subject: What is in a name?
From: Andrew Taylor <>
Date: Wed, 25 Jul 2007 17:05:29 +1000
On Wed, Jul 25, 2007 at 04:05:16PM +1000, Philip Veerman wrote:
> A hobby as in that it is small, maybe considered elegant and attractive
> but it does not catch large and useful prey, as distinct from goshawks,
> peregrines, eagles, etc. Hence for fun or frivolity, a hobby, rather
> than serious sport or culinary hunting.

Sounds good, but most etymologies seem to have hobby (falcon)
coming from French not hobby (pastime).

I hope Trevor doesn't abolish merlin & kestrel as well.


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