Why is a fly called a fly?

Yazi
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  • Diannew
    Diannew Registered Posts: 2,814
    Yazi wrote: »
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    Because Fly means to soar through the air?? right or wrong:lol::lol:
  • Yazi
    Yazi Registered Posts: 225 ? ? ?
    So......

    Why is a bird called a bird........
  • Diannew
    Diannew Registered Posts: 2,814
    Yazi wrote: »
    So......

    Why is a bird called a bird........

    Duh! because they soar through the air:lol::lol:
  • CJC
    CJC Registered Posts: 1,657
    Rather boringly, they're called flies because they fly.
    fly (n.)
    O.E. fleoge, from P.Gmc. *fleugjon (cf. O.S. fleiga, O.N. fluga, M.Du. vlieghe, Ger. Fliege "fly); lit. "the flying (insect)" (cf. O.E. fleogende "flying"), from same source as fly (v.1). Originally "any winged insect" (hence butterfly, etc.); long used by farmers and gardeners for any insect parasite.

    Source:Online Etymological Dictionary
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970
    Because it walks???? :lol:
  • AdamR
    AdamR Registered Posts: 668
    Because a "buzz in the ointment" doesn't have the same ring to it.
  • Cullen
    Cullen Registered Posts: 592
    Why is a boxing ring called that when it is patently rectangular?

    Answer me that one then..
  • Diannew
    Diannew Registered Posts: 2,814
    Yazi wrote: »
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    What is the difference between a fly and a bird?
  • rachy1975
    rachy1975 Registered Posts: 366
    Diannew wrote: »
    What is the difference between a fly and a bird?

    Bird is a vertebrate and a fly isnt??
  • Diannew
    Diannew Registered Posts: 2,814
    AdamR wrote: »
    Because a "buzz in the ointment" doesn't have the same ring to it.

    To true......and telling someone their" buzz" is open.....just doesn't sound right either:lol::lol:
  • Diannew
    Diannew Registered Posts: 2,814
    rachy1975 wrote: »
    Bird is a vertebrate and a fly isnt??

    A bird can fly but a fly can't bird!:lol::lol:
  • CJC
    CJC Registered Posts: 1,657
    Curiously, the usual OE word for bird is fugol which is clearly derived from the same source as 'fly'. Our word 'bird' derives from OE bridd meaning young bird or chick - the source of bridd is, apparently, not known.
  • Diannew
    Diannew Registered Posts: 2,814
    Cullen wrote: »
    Why is a boxing ring called that when it is patently rectangular?

    Answer me that one then..
    Ring?

    The name ring is an atavism from when contests were fought in a roughly drawn circle on the ground. The name ring continued with the Jack Broughton rules in 1743, which specifed a small circle in the centre of the fight area where the boxers met at the start of each round. The first square ring was introduced by the Pugilistic Society in 1838. That ring was specified as 24 feet (7.3 m) square and bound by two ropes. For these and other reasons, the boxing ring is commonly referred to as the "square circle."

    Boy...am I good or what LOL
  • Diannew
    Diannew Registered Posts: 2,814
    CJC wrote: »
    Curiously, the usual OE word for bird is fugol which is clearly derived from the same source as 'fly'. Our word 'bird' derives from OE bridd meaning young bird or chick - the source of bridd is, apparently, not known.


    Yes CJ you called.....sorry !!heard the word chick...thought you where talking to me.....:lol::lol:

    Do you think that is where the saying "ruffle my feathers" comes from:lol::lol:
  • CJC
    CJC Registered Posts: 1,657
    Diannew wrote: »
    A bird can fly but a fly can't bird!:lol::lol:
    Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
    A fly can't bird, but a bird can fly.
    Ask me a riddle and I reply
    Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.
  • Diannew
    Diannew Registered Posts: 2,814
    CJC wrote: »
    Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie,
    A fly can't bird, but a bird can fly.
    Ask me a riddle and I reply
    Cottleston Cottleston Cottleston Pie.

    Don't fancy any of that Bird and Fly Pie...yuk:001_tt2:
  • CJC
    CJC Registered Posts: 1,657
    Cullen wrote: »
    Why is a boxing ring called that when it is patently rectangular?
    In furtherance to Dianne's fulsome answer, it also gives Julian Cleary the opportunity to make double entendres about boxers going down in the ring.
  • A-Vic
    A-Vic Registered Posts: 6,970
    So they dont run rings round each other lol
  • mark130273
    mark130273 Registered Posts: 4,234
    so what do you call a greenfly with no wings ???
  • Diannew
    Diannew Registered Posts: 2,814
    mark130273 wrote: »
    so what do you call a greenfly with no wings ???

    Give in.......................:lol::lol:
  • Cullen
    Cullen Registered Posts: 592
    I think Mark has posted one of his famous philosophical and rhetorical conundrums.

    You are just too good for the like of us, Marky Boy!!

    (Is the answer "existentialist"??)
  • mark130273
    mark130273 Registered Posts: 4,234
    mark130273 wrote: »
    so what do you call a greenfly with no wings ???

    a BOGEY !!!:tongue_smilie:
  • Diannew
    Diannew Registered Posts: 2,814
    mark130273 wrote: »
    a BOGEY !!!:tongue_smilie:


    Trust you...but I bet you get quite a few of those with small children around the house.........but now it's lunchtime I think we will change the subject:lol::lol:
  • mark130273
    mark130273 Registered Posts: 4,234
    hey that was robbed from basil brush at the floral !!!
  • Diannew
    Diannew Registered Posts: 2,814
    mark130273 wrote: »
    hey that was robbed from basil brush at the floral !!!

    Well maybe you should return it:001_tt2:
  • mark130273
    mark130273 Registered Posts: 4,234
    Diannew wrote: »
    Well maybe you should return it:001_tt2:

    never........keeping it with my other classic jokes...like

    a man with 2 left feet walks into a shoe shop and asks if they have any "flip-flips!!!!!"
  • Diannew
    Diannew Registered Posts: 2,814
    mark130273 wrote: »
    never........keeping it with my other classic jokes...like

    a man with 2 left feet walks into a shoe shop and asks if they have any "flip-flips!!!!!"
    :lol::lol:
    I know the one where the same man walks into a shoe shop but ask's for flop flops....................mine is much better:001_tt2:
  • mark130273
    mark130273 Registered Posts: 4,234
    no way !
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