Join for FREE
It only takes a minute!
Zeiss - Always on the lookout for something special – Shop now

Welcome to BirdForum.
BirdForum is the net's largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding, and is absolutely FREE! You are most welcome to register for an account, which allows you to take part in lively discussions in the forum, post your pictures in the gallery and more.

Birding parlance

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 3 votes, 4.67 average.
Old Friday 28th October 2005, 11:42   #76
cliven
Registered User

 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: West Yorkshire
Posts: 9
Dip in/dip out

Think I can help out here.

When I was a kid in West Yorks the way you'd choose "king of the castle" or who was "it" for games of tig etc, would be to stand in a circle with your "spuds in" (fists in the centre of the circle). The leader (usually a self appointed bigger kid) would then recite the following rhyme while pointing to each person's "spud" in turn with each syllable of the rhyme:

Ip dip my blue ship
Sails on the water
Like a cup and saucer
You
Do
Not
Have
It

The owner of the "spud" identified at the end of the rhyme would step out of the circle knowing that they would not "be it" or "king" depending on the game. That person would be said to have "dipped out". Not necessarily a bad thing!

Any decision, it often seemed, could be made by "dipping for it".

To "dip out" meant, by extension, in our juvenile lexicon, to have missed out on something by misfortune.

Ah happy days, could've lived without the chinese burns though.

Last edited by cliven : Friday 28th October 2005 at 11:52.
cliven is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Friday 28th October 2005, 17:05   #77
Keith Dickinson
Opus Editor
 
Keith Dickinson's Avatar

 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Leeds, Yorkshire
Posts: 9,252
dirtbird

this term I have to say really offends me. First heard it at a lecture being given by well known yorkshire birder, to describe the prevalence of a few of the bird species in the region that he was describing. Just because the species were common they became 'dirtbirds'. Have since heard the term when in hides when the local 'GOB' is sounding off about his latest trip (it's always male, I believe 'GOBs' are hemaphrodites). The birds they talk about are 'lifers' to some people, as they were to the user once.
I have seen thousands of chaffinches but never once would I refer to them as dirtbirds.
Keith
Keith Dickinson is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2006 2007 2008 2009 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Old Friday 28th October 2005, 21:56   #78
spoony
Registered User

 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: birstall
Posts: 25
bird name abbrev.

Shurely everyone has had a Jam tart in the east or a Grotfinch on Scilly in October? (Male and first winter/female Common Rosefinch)
spoony is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Thursday 13th November 2008, 21:38   #79
bradinho
Registered User

 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: St Helens
Posts: 646
Being a Boro lad the following names are a must

Spuggie = House Sparrow
Stinker = Starling
Blackie + Blackbird
Maggie = Magpie
Seagull = Herring gull......how often do people use "Sea Gull" ?
Kezzie = Kestrel
Lappie = Lapwing
Waggie = Pied Wagtail
...this is all a bit predictable

Also use Bobin for Robin

What about Seagle for Sea Eagle?
How about JD for JackDaw?
bradinho is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 27th January 2013, 10:35   #80
Andrew Haynes
Registered User

 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: London NW7
Posts: 1
One particularly awful bird nickname I have heard is "Lurp" for Little Ringer Plover (LRP).
Andrew Haynes is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 27th January 2013, 11:45   #81
simondix
Registered User

 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Redditch, England
Posts: 350
This thread has been going for 7 years. Incredible. Or should I say Cool
__________________
Simon
simondix is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 27th January 2013, 12:00   #82
Jan-Paul Charteris
Sussex birder and budding moth enthusiast
 
Jan-Paul Charteris's Avatar

 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Worthing, West Sussex
Posts: 3,865
A term that some on here use I find annoying is artefact, in relation to a poor photo that isn't clear enough and therefore shows ambiguity of features. It's basically a way of justifying a bad ID based on a bad photo by using an already established word (for something else) to describe the "phenomenon"
__________________
My photos (mainly insects and birds) at http://www.flickr.com/photos/jantheman_nature/

And for you Facebook birders, always good to get to know other birders https://www.facebook.com/jan.charteris?ref=tn_tnmn
Jan-Paul Charteris is offline  
Reply With Quote
Old Sunday 27th January 2013, 15:08   #83
fugl
Registered User
BF Supporter 2019

 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Portland, Oregon
Posts: 14,847
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jan-Paul Charteris View Post
A term that some on here use I find annoying is artefact, in relation to a poor photo that isn't clear enough and therefore shows ambiguity of features. It's basically a way of justifying a bad ID based on a bad photo by using an already established word (for something else) to describe the "phenomenon"
Can't go along with you there. "Photographic artifact" is perfectly good English--though maybe a little jargony--and IMO can be quite useful as shorthand for misleading depictions on bad photos. It's sometimes abused of course to explain away awkward facts but that's another matter.
__________________
Bird photos (Flickr): http://www.flickr.com/photos/fugl/
". . .Let them be left, O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet."

--Gerard Manley Hopkins
fugl is offline  
Reply With Quote

BF Supporter 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 Support BirdForum With A Donation

Advertisement
Reply


Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Fatbirder's Top 1000 Birding Websites

Help support BirdForum

Page generated in 0.17589998 seconds with 21 queries
All times are GMT. The time now is 00:10.