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Aries 12: A flock of wild geese

T h e c o l l e c t i ve n ou n f l o c k d e s c e n ds f r o m t h e O l d E n g l i s h f l oc c ( a g r o up o f p e r s o n s , c o mp a n y, t r o o p ) a n d i s r e la t e d t o t h e O l d N o r s e f l o k k r ( c r o w d , t ro o p , band) and the Middle Low G e rm a n vlocke (crowd, flock, sheep). The word i t s e l f me a n s a gr o u p o f a n i ma l s t h a t l i v e , t r a v e l, o r f e e d t o g e t h e r , a g r o u p o f p e op l e u n de r t h e le a d e r s h i p of o n e p e r s on , e s p e c i a l l y t h e m e m b e r s o f a c h u r c h , a n d a l a r g e c r o w d o r n u m b e r. 1 T h e w o r d w i l d d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t w el t w h i c h m e a n s w o od s , w i l d . P a r o n y m s i n c l u d e w e a l d ( a n a r e a o f o p e n or f o r e s t e d c o u n t r y ) , w o l d ( a n un f o r e st e d r o l l i n g p l a i n ) , v o l e ( a r o d e n t ), w e l d ( t he y e l l o w d y e o b t a i n e d f r o m d y e r ' s r o c k e t ) , w i l de r n e s s , a n d w i l d e be e st ( A f r i c a n a n t e l o p e s ) . T h e w o r d g e e s e d e s c e n d s f r o m t he I E r o o t gh a n s - w h i c h m e a n s g o o s e . I t s p a r o n y m s i n c l u d e g a n de r , g o s h a w k , g u n se l ( a h o o d l u m o r o t h e r c r i m i n a l , e s p e ci a l l y o n e w ho c a r r i e s a g u n ) , a n d g o n z o ( a n e x a g g e r a t e d, h i g h ly s u b j e ct i v e s t y l e ; b i z a r r e , u n c o n ve n t i o n a l ). 2 T H E M E S : T h e m o s t o b v i o u s t h e m e h e r e i n v o l v e s A N I M AL S b o t h w i l d a n d d o m e s t i c a t e d m o s t o f w h i c h t r a v e l i n f l o c k s. S p e c i f i ca l l y , f r om f l o c k w e h a v e a n i m a l s i n g e n e ra l a n d s h e e p i n p a r t i c u la r . T h e p a r on y m s o f w i l d i n c l u d e vo l e ( r o d e n t s r e se mb l i n g r a t s o r m i ce ) a n d w il d e b e e s t ( A f r i c a n a n t e l op e s) . P a r o n y m s o f g ee s e i n c l u d e g a n d e r ( a m a l e g o o s e ), a n d g o s ha w k . A second theme concerns WILDNESS as an attribute of human beings. The keyword wild has many d e f i n i t i o n s i n c l u d i n g u n c i vi l i z e d or

1 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/flock 2 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 28 Starling Hunter 2011 1

b a r b a r o u s ; sa v a g e , l a c k i n g s u p e r v i s i o n

o r r e st r a i n t , d i s o r d e r l y ;

u n r u l y , f u l l o f, m a r k e d b y, o r s u g g e s t i v e o f s t ro n g , un c o n t r o l le d e m o t i on , a n d r i s k y ; i m p r u d e n t . 3 A m o n g t h e p a r o n y m s o f g e e s e i s g o n zo w h i c h m e a n s u s i n g a n e x a g g e r a t e d , h i g h l y s u b j e c t i v e st y l e a n d b i z a r r e ; u n c on v e n t i o n a l. 4 A c c o r d i n g t o R o g e t s 2 1 s t C e n t u r y T h e sa u r u s , wild and gonzo are synonyms.5

3 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/wild 4 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/gonzo 5 http://thesaurus.com/browse/gonzo Starling Hunter 2011 2

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