Natures wonders: 13, 17-year cicadas (Introduction)

by David Turell @, Sunday, June 02, 2013, 15:48 (2272 days ago) @ dhw


dhw:The German turteln means to bill and coo, or to whisper sweet nothings ... which I think is wonderfully appropriate when applied to your teleology. As far as I can see, it has nothing to do with the German for turtle, which is Schildkröte, though in British English we distinguish between turtle (German: Wasserschildkröte) and tortoise (German: Landschildkröte). And so, dear David, you are a turtle dove, a whisperer of sweet nothings, and not a medieval knight in shining armour.

I knew of your mastery of the German language. I appreciate the explanation. My high school German only went so far. My Jewish ancestors in Poland had to assume last names in the 17th century and went to their bible to pluck something out. I guess I have to thank my gr-gr-gr grandpa Herscz from Serpic Poland.


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