Date: Thu, 10 Feb 1994 16:28:35 +0500 From: Robert Howren 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? --Bob Howren =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- Robert Howren Dept. of Linguistics howren[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3155 -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=