Date: Thu, 10 Feb 1994 16:28:35 +0500
From: Robert Howren howren[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GIBBS.OIT.UNC.EDU
Subject: A rara avis
A neighbor of mine, a reader of mystery novels, recently noted two
instances of an odd (to us, anyway) term, one of them in a British novel,
the other in a Canadian (set on Prince Edward Island). The term:
*sparrow-fart*, meaning *daybreak* -- as in "We were up at
sparrow-fart." I've been unable to turn up the word anywhere. It must be
"real"; independent invention's unlikely.
Has anyone on the board sighted this one?
Robert Howren Dept. of Linguistics
howren[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]gibbs.oit.unc.edu University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3155