Monday, April 2, 2012

Word Journey of Penguin...

Penguin may come from the Welsh pen (white) and gwyn (head), even though penguins have black heads. In fact,"Penguin" was first used for the Newfoundland Great Auk, before it was applied to what we think of as penguins - Greak Auks also have black heads.

Other explanations include the Latin pinguis (fat) amd pin-wing, referring to the bird's rudimentary wings. But the Welsh derivation is the most likely - an unobservant birdwatcher is to be blame.

02.04.2012 MONDAY 16:22PM

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