[lit-ideas] Brid

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 6 Jul 2009 10:42:08 EDT

In a message dated 7/6/2009 10:26:57 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,
atlas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
Do we?  Then why don't we call birds  "flyers" or "air shitters"?


Actually, you should call them brids.

"bird" is metastatic.

1385 CHAUCER L.G.W. 1753 On morwe, whanne the brid began to synge.

Brid is cognate with 'bride', a maiden.

Wycliff called Jesus 'a brid'. By Geary's analogy that should read as Jesus
 as the air-shitter.

[ME. byrd, bryd:OE. brid masc. (pl. briddas), in Northumbrian bird, birdas
‘offspring, young,’ but used only of the young of birds. There is no
corresponding form in any other Teutonic lang., and the etymology is unknown. If
 native Teut., it would represent an original *bridjo-z: this cannot be
derived  from BROOD, BREED, and even the suggestion that it may be formed like
these from  the root *bru- (see BROOD) appears to be quite inadmissible.]

    I.    1. a. orig. The general name for  the young of the feathered
tribes; a young bird; a chicken, eaglet, etc.; a  nestling. The only sense in
OE.; found in literature down to 1600; still  retained in north. dial. as ‘a
hen and her birds.’

a800 Corpus Gl. (O.E. Texts) 1687 Pullus, brid. c1000 Ags. Gosp. Luke ii.
24 Twa turtlan oe tween culfran briddas [Lindisf. & Rushw. birdas, Hatton
briddes]. a1100 in Wr.-Wülcker Voc. 318 Pullus, cicen oe brid. c1200 Trin.
Coll.  Hom. 49 Duue fede briddes. a1300 E.E. Psalter lxxxiii[iv]. 4 And e
turtil  [findes]..a neste ar he mai with his briddes [WYCLIF, briddis, bryddis]
reste.  1377 LANGL. P. Pl. B. XI. 348 Some..bredden, and brouten forth her br
yddes so ·  al aboue e grounde.

1388 WYCLIF Matt. xxiii. 33 e eddris, and eddris briddis.
c1440 Gesta Rom. I. vii. 16 A serpentmade his nest..and brot forthe his 
briddis there.

a1300 Cursor M. 22381 [Anticrist] at ilk warlau bridd [Fairf. warlagh brid,
 Trin. ulke fendes brid]. Ibid. 9811 Qua-sum on suilk a bird [Jesus] wald
thinc  [Gött. brid].

d. A maiden, a girl. [In this sense bird was confused with burde, BURD, 
originally a distinct word, perhaps also with bryd(e BRIDE; but later writers
understand it as fig. sense of 1 or 2.] In mod. (revived) use: a girl,
woman  (often used familiarly or disparagingly) (slang).

a1300 Cursor M. 7131 [Delilah] at birde [v.r. bride, bryde, bruyd] was
biddande bald. Ibid. 10077 [Mary] at blisful bird [v.r. berde, byrd, buyrde] of
 grace. c1325 E.E. Allit. P. A. 768 Maskellez bryd at bryt con flambe.

a1225 Ancr. R. 102 Eni totilde ancre..et beke euer utward ase untowe brid
ine cage. Ibid. 134 eos briddes habbe nestes. c1385 CHAUCER L.G.W. 1753 On
morwe, whanne the brid began to synge.


J. L. Speranza
   Bordighera, etc.

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