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Stormy Afternoon and an Etymological Ponder
updated: Dec 30, 2012, 8:26 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

It was raw and windy at the beach this afternoon. A fling of sandpipers scurried; a lonely harbor patrol hurried back to the harbor; palms on East Beach stood guard against the approaching rain. (Side note: why do birds have so many collective nouns (sandpipers, for instance: Sandpipers, a bind of, a cluster of, a contradiction of, a fling of, a hill of, and even a time-step of, while there are so few for trees, none that I could find for palms?)

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