What's in a Word | All Blogs


Forget the rust-colored dwarf

By Debra Dobbins

I’m feeling a bit peckish because Satchel Pooch led me astray today. When he said that Bucky Katt must have the eyes of a “ferruginous pygmy,” I envisioned a dwarf with rust-colored skin.

Upon researching the phrase, I’ve decided that Satchel must have meant a ferruginous pygmy owl.

This diminutive owl probably does have sharp eyesight. Usually topping out at about six inches, it can be found in south-central Arizona, Mexico and Central America, as well as in countries such as Bolivia and Argentina in South America, according to Wikipedia. Its Latin name is Glaucidium brasilianum.

This cartoon reminds me that good readers will try to figure out the meaning of words or phrases from the context of the text, but often should rely on a dictionary or other reference sources to confirm their inferences.

A Glaucidium brasilianumin in Mexico
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

 

COMMENTS

Please Login or Register to leave a comment.




Recent Posts
Well worth the price of the seed
By Penny Stine
Thursday, April 23, 2015

THE ICONIC BARN OWL
By Nic.Korte
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Get local gardening advice
By Penny Stine
Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Homemade weedkiller from Julie
By Penny Stine
Monday, April 20, 2015

Make Your Own Take-Out and just BE YOU
By Julie Norman
Monday, April 20, 2015


TOP JOBS




THE DAILY SENTINEL
734 S. Seventh St.
Grand Junction, CO 81501
970-242-5050; M-F 8:00 - 5:00
Editions
Subscribe to print edition
E-edition
Advertisers
Advertiser Tearsheet
Information

© 2015 Grand Junction Media, Inc.
By using this site you agree to the Visitor Agreement and the Privacy Policy