Friday, April 20, 2012

Friday beaver and a quick course in beaver language

Stumbled on an article on our butchering of the English language via BBC purists and wondered about beaver communications. This being Friday and all. Only once or twice have I heard a beaver make noise but that's another somewhat embarrassing story.

Turns out that beaver have several methods of getting the word out out there in the wild.

Beavers have a pair of anal scent glands, called castors, which secrete a musk-like substance called castoreum. This is used mainly for marking territories. The broad, flat, scaly tail is about 25 cm (about 10 in) long and serves as a warning signal when slapped against the water. Beavers also call out to others, making a low, groaning sound.

Okay I'll let you make your own jokes about all this.

Bank fails later. Oh pardon me that's failures.

addendum: How this code got all mucked up is beyond me but I'm too lazy to fix it right now so deal with it.


Randal Graves said...

Thou knave, canst thee see that word-hoards continentall hath destroied the Kynge's Speach?

Language is as fluid as water, but dammit, use the whole fucking word. Whenever I hear 'whatevs' I want to start kicking the user in the kneecap.

BBC said...

I visit a ladies blog where the grammar and spelling is terrible and other visitors must think she is stupid. I don't think she is stupid but reading her words makes you roll your eyes, she needs a proof reader before posting. We all make mistakes but she flat sucks.

I wonder if beavers groan during sex.

The Blog Fodder said...

Read somewhere that "there is no pure language, just a continuum of dialects". That came home to me in Prague where I noticed many words from Russian, Ukrainian and Polish languages.