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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Wow, you know that I said earlier that my relationship with wordpress was erratic at best? Well it seems that half of my plugins operate according to chaos theory… The ‘back’ and ‘forward’ post jumps lead to god knows whichever post they like (do they track inside their categories, instead of the whole blog?) and the Publicise sometimes communicates with Tumblr, but most often can’t be mivvered, or else will publish all of my posts from a month in one go… XD

But I kinda like it’s haphazard chic. Who needs functionality when you can have randomness anyway? Enjoy the confusion, comrades…

The Language of Sparrows


The language of sparrows is a language of inflectives. Performative, brash, and soft: A lot of the ‘words’ of Sparrowtongue are really subtle escalations of tone; whether shouted or whispered, the same word can mean different things in different contexts.

Female House Sparrow 2016
Rose Sparrow

chow, chep, chew:  A soft, quick sound, meaning “Hi” “Hello” or “Over here.” Used as a sort of sparrow sonar to indicate to the flock where any individual bird is, or to indicate where food can be found.

churr-chrr-chr!: A warning chatter, meaning “Danger!” “Stay Away!” Used predominantly by the male bull sparrows in their role as look-out. Also used to warn of crows, cats, aerial predators, humans.

tseew, tseew: A whisper-soft whistle used by worried fledgelings and adolescents, particularly to communicate with their mothers.

tsark!: A sharp, screeching call used by bulls fighting others for mating rights, and females when they are disturbed or hassled, knocked from their perch. I think of it as a sound of indignation. “Watch out!”

phee-pip?: Softer than tsark, a louder than chow, chep, or chew. A questioning exclamation, definition unknown at present.

fthudder: A very dramatised wing flutter, used in flaring flights and aerial swerves to warn you to stay away from the food and/or young.


Hadal: of or belonging to Hades (the Greek mythological underworld); the deepest ocean depths (from 6,000 metres<); the hadopelagic zone (the furthest ocean reaches comprised almost entirely of deep-sea trenches).


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