Monday, April 8, 2013

Animal sounds: caw

Let's talk about an interesting bird sound today. The word is...

Source: Flickr.

The word means a/to screech like a crow; in Polish we might translate it as krakać, krakanie.

What is also interesting about this word is that it is used to refer to a way of talking in a grumbling and nagging way that makes you are ready to do anything the person wants just to be left in peace (Polish: zakrakać).

A few examples from the Internet:

  • “Can I thank the Deputy Prime Minister,” she cawed, “for his excellent statement!"
  • "She was an abusive old hag," she cawed.
  • I loosed a raven, she saw that the waters had retreated, she ate, she flew around, she cawed, and she did not come back.
  • "Oh come on Pepper, it was a joke," she cawed, cackling.        

My question to you:
Have you ever been cawed by anybody? How did you feel? What was the situation?

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