[CT Birds] Fieldfare - one last comment

Angeladimmitt at aol.com Angeladimmitt at aol.com
Wed Mar 27 14:26:20 EDT 2013

Checked with a friend who has the HUGE Oxford English Dictionary which  
"gives every piece of information under the sun about words, including 
spellings  going back to whenever".. ...apparently it first appeared in 1100 A.D. as 
 "clodhamer and fieldfare" - clodhamer meaning "field-goer", changing in 
1590 to  mean a foolish person.  I would think the one in Mass. is a bit of a  
clodhamer, showing up there.  Oh, and it's always pronounced fieldfare as  
is "air" etc.......... "far" must have been a typo.
Angela Dimmitt

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