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Aries 30: A duck pond and its brood

T h e n o u n d u c k d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e Ol d E n g l i s h d u c e w h i c h m e a n t a d u ck o r l i t e r a l l y a d u c k e r a n d i s p r e s u me d t o b e from the Old English ducan to duck, d i v e . 1 T h e w o r d d i v e d e s ce 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 d h eu b - w h i c h means The deep, ho l l o w . Its p a r on y m s the IE root bendwhich means include deep and dip, i.e. to sink, dive.2 noun pond descends from p r o t r u d i n g p oi n t . 3 T h e n o u n b r o od d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e I E r o o t b h r eu e which means to boil, bubble, effervesce, burn. 4 T H E M E S : T h e fi r s t t h e m e c on c e r n s WA T E R T h e k e y w o rd p o n d r e f e r s t o a s t i l l b o d y o f w a t e r s m a l l e r t ha n a l a k e . 5 T w o p a r o n y m s o f b r o o d b o u r n a n d b u r n b o t h m e a n a s m a l l st r e a m o r b r o o k . An d t h e n t he r e i s t h e k e y w o r d d u c k , a w a t e r b i r d w i t h s h o r t l e g s, w e b b e d f e e t , a n d a l a r g e f l a t b e a k. 6 A s e c o n d t h e me c on c e r n s FOOD . O n e d e f i n i t i o n o f duck i s , o f c o u r se , t h e f l e s h o f a d uc k u s e d a s f o o d . 7 A m o n g t h e p a r o n y m s o f b roo d a re s e v e r a l r e la t e d t o f o o d a n d / o r i t s p r e p a r a t i o n . T h e se i n c l u d e b rai s e ,

b re a d , b re w , b la f f , b ro i l , b rot h , b u rn, f e rm e nt , b ra t wu rs t , s a ue rb ra ten ,


a n d b ra ci o l a ( a t hi n s l i ce o f m e a t , u su a l l y w r a p p e d a r ou n d a st u f f i n g a n d cooked with wine).

1 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=duck 2 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 19 3 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 6 4 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 13 5 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/pond 6 http://www.macmillandictionary.c om/dictionary/american/duck#duck_4 7 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/duck Starling Hunter 2011 1