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Falconry: Fed Up and Looking Haggard


The practice of hunting wild birds with trained birds — for fun is called falconry. Though it came into its own almost 1,000 years ago in England after the Norman invasion, it continues to have a stronghold in our contemporary English language. I hope I can lure you to join me today as I share all of the words and expressions that come from this blood sport and to hear about the time *I* was roused to try my hand at falconry and why I turned tail by the end of it.

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In This Episode

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau talks about the terms and expressions that come from this blood sport.

  • How the popularity of falconry and hunting grew after William the Conqueror
  • What aspects of transforming free-living birds to captive birds became part of our language
  • The take-away after spending a day at a falconry school
  • Alternatives to exploitative or violent terms and expressions 

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