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Echoes from Storyland. New York: McLoughlin Brothers (1880s)
So she was burnt with all her clothes
And arms, and hands, and eyes, and nose;
Till she had nothing more to lose.
Except her little scarlet shoes :
And nothing else but these were found,
Among her ashes on the ground.
Your word for today is: pigeon’s milk, n.
pigeon’s milk, n.
[‘ An imaginary substance which, as a joke, a child or gullible person may be sent to buy.’]
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈpɪdʒ(ᵻ)nz mɪlk/, U.S. /ˈpɪdʒ(ə)nz ˌmɪlk/
Forms: α. 17– pigeon milk. β. 17–18 pigeons milk, 17– pigeon’s milk.
Etymology:In α forms - pigeon n. + milk n.1 In β forms - the genitive of pigeon n. + milk n.1
1. An imaginary substance which, as a joke, a child or gullible person may be sent to buy.
1777 J. Brand Observ. Pop. Antiq. 398 Sending Persons on what are called sleeveless Errands..for Pigeon Milk, with similar ridiculous Absurdities.
1788 F. Grose Dict. Vulgar Tongue (ed. 2) at Pigeons milk, Boys and novices are frequently sent on the first of April to buy pigeons milk.
1872 Punch 3 Feb. 46/2 The fable which deluded our childhood may yet be realised, and pigeon’s milk take its place amongst the common articles of a free breakfast table.
1897 Leamington Courier Mar. 6 Sent yer for pigeon’s milk, did they, and yer believed them? Well I never!
1912 J. Sandilands W. Canad. Dict. and Phrase-bk. (at cited word), Pigeon’s milk, an imaginary fluid for which boys and simpletons are frequently sent on the 1st of April.
2003 Fort Pierce (Florida) Tribune (Nexis) 1 Apr. d1 They might, for example, be sent on a ‘sleeveless errand’, a search for something that doesn’t exist: hen’s teeth, pigeon’s milk, striped paint or a stick with one end.
2. A curdlike secretion from a pigeon’s crop with which it feeds its young.
1799 R. Saumarez New Syst. Physiol. II. (ed. 2) vii. 279 There are some birds, as pigeons, that secrete a milky fluid for the purpose of nourishing their young and which is known by the name of pigeon’s milk.
1886 Harper’s Mag. Apr. 770/2 This is partly digested food, and is in reality the veritable ‘pigeon milk’, regarded by so many as a myth.
1943 T. I. Storer Gen. Zool. xxxi. 659 In adult pigeons, while rearing young, the epithelial lining sloughs off as ‘pigeon milk’ used to nourish squabs in the nest.
1973 Sci. Amer. Dec. 142/2 They [sc. pigeons] breed fast, and they..feed the young ones in the nest from the protein-rich ‘pigeon milk’, a curd formed in the parent bird’s gut.
2002 Racing Pigeon Pict. Internat. Aug. 17/2 In feeding stock birds, the pituitary also produces a hormone called prolactin. This initiates the production of pigeon milk.
Mo Willems could reference this in his next pigeon book!
Rappers from Kent District Library say, “all the different letter shapes are gonna help her see that an S is really curvy like a roller coaster ride…” Do you ride the letter S like a roller coaster?
Positive Words and Phrases:
Good for you!
Hooray for you!
Now you’ve got it!
Way to go!
You did that very well!
You figured it out!
You made it happen!
Your effort really shows!
You’re on target!
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Our Miami-Dade Public Library System is in grave danger! We need your help TODAY. Mayor Gimenez has proposed a budget that will essentially diminish the library system to nothing. Tweet, email, or call the commissioners and mayor. Tell them: “Raise the millage rate to 0.2993 and fully fund the library system to #saveourlibraries”. The Board of County Commissioners meeting being held Tuesday, September 10th at 5:01 pm will be the only time to set the millage rate to fully fund the libraries! Click the link for contact information and more ways to help: http://tiny.tw/3bFj
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