THE CAMPAIGN FOR BETTER LETTER WRITING

Post Bird

In Post Moment on March 5, 2009 at 12:00 pm

curlew-info0The curlew is the postbird.  “Curlew” – c.1340, from O.Fr. courlieus (13c.), said to be imitative of the bird’s cry but apparently assimilated with corliu “runner, messenger,” from corre “to run.” The bird is a good runner. Curlew and courier (the bespoke postman) share the same etymology. The curlew could be the symbol bird of the Post Letters movement.

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  1. And his long, pointy beak even looks a bit like a writing instrument!

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