short bird names

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Subject: short bird names
From: "Wim Vader" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 15:06:32 +0200
I think we here in Tromsø are in the running for the shortest bird name, as the 
Northern or Common Eider is locally called e, becoming ea in the definite form, 
'the eider'. The male is e-kallen, kall being an old man.

Although we usually can not compete with the Aussies in abbreviations (who 
can??), we do have a few (But the eider name is NOT an abbreviation, but the 
full name). A wonderful slogan for the last elections for the socialist party, 
Arbeiderpartiet or A here in Norway, in the local dialect, was 'æ è i A æ å' 
(In normal Norwegian 'jeg er i A jeg også', or 'I am in the socialist party, I 
too'. Beat that one for a short sentence!

     Wim Vader, Tromsø Museum
     9037 Tromsø, Norway

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