What is in a name?

To: "Tim Dolby" <>, <>, "Philip Veerman" <>
Subject: What is in a name?
From: "Peter Shute" <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 09:29:34 +1000
 wrote on Wednesday, 25 July 2007 6:02

> I actually still use the name Little Falcon, which I think I
> prefer, despite the bird being officially known as an
> Australian Hobby for most of my life. This stems from when I
> birded with my dad as a kid. (In preference I may start using
> the Latin name, Falco longipennis.)

No, no, don't do that, you'll frighten people!  I just remembered I once
read that kestrels were called "wind f***ers" several hundred years ago,
meaning "wind beater", but this usage obviously died out as the f word
became obscene.  Not that many referrences to this on the web, which
makes me suspect that perhaps this is an urban myth.  The Wikipedia
people seem suspicious too:
But I did find this reference to it:

Has anyone else heard of this?  I assumed it was true when I read it
(not on the internet, maybe in a newspaper), but I'm wondering now if
it's one of those myths that people just perpetuate by repeating without
checking, with the result that it becomes "common knowledge".

Peter Shute

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