Libra 7: A woman feeding chickens and protecting them from the hawks

T h e w o r d f e ed d e s ce n d s f r o m t h e I n d o - E u r op e a n ( I E ) r o o t p aw h i c h m e a n s “ t o p ro t e c t , f e e d . ” 1 I t s p a r on y m s i n c l ud e f o dde r,

f o ra ge , f o ra y, f u r, p a b l u m, f ee d, f o o d, f o s t e r, p a s t u re , a n ti p as t o, re p a st , p a st e rn, p as t o r, p e st e r, p a na da , p an t ry, c om p a ni o n, c o m p a n y, be zo a r , a n d s a t rap .
T h e w o r d c hi c ke n d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e O l d E n g li s h c i c en m e a n i n g “ y o u n g f ow l . ” T h e w o r d i t s e l f ha s se v e r a l de f i n i t i on s i n c l u d i n g ( 1 ) t he c o m m o n d o m e s t i c f o w l , i t s y o u n g , o r i t s f l e s h a s f o o d ( 2) a s la n g w o r d f o r c o w a r d a n d ( 3 ) a g a m e i n w h i c h t h e p a r t i c i p a n t s p e r si s t i n a d a n g e r o u s c o u r s e o f a c t i on u n t i l o n e l o s e s n e r v e a n d s t op s . 2 T h e w o r d p r ot ect i o n i s a d e r i v a t i v e o f t h e IE r o o t (s )t e g -2 w h i ch means “to c o v e r. ” 3 I t s paronyms include the words

de c k, de t e ct,

s t e go s a u r, p rot e c t, t e c t ri x, t ha t c h, t hu g, t i le , a n d t o ga .
T h e w o r d h a wk d e s c e n d s f r o m t he I E r o o t k ap - , “ t o g r a s p . ” 4 I t s p a r o n y m s i n c l u d e h e ddl e ( o n e o f t h e s e t s o f p a r a l l e l d ou b l e d t h r e a d s i n a l o o m ) , h ea vy , h a ve n , h a wk ( b i r d o f p r e y ) , ga f f ( a la r g e i r o n h o o k a t t a c he d t o a p o l e ) , h e ft , c ab l e , c a i tif f ( a d e s p i ca b l e c ow a r d ; a w r e t c h ) ,

c a p ia s ( a wa r r a n t f o r a r r e s t ) , c ap t ure , ca t c h , c at e r , ch a s e ( t o p u r s u e ) , c o p ( t o t a k e u n la w f u l l y o r w i t h o u t p e r m i s s i o n ) , c o pp e r ( a p o li c e o f f i ce r ) ,
1 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 61 2 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/c hicken 3 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 85 4 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, p. 37 Starling Hunter © 2011 1

a c c e pt , an t i ci pa t e , c o n c e i ve , de c e i ve , h a ve , re c ei ve, i nc e p ti o n, o c c u p y, p a rt i ci pa t e, pe rc e ive , re c ip e, re c o ver, h o o f , b e ho o ve , c o p ep o d ( m i n ut e
m a r i n e a n d f r e s h wa t e r c r u s t a c e a n s) , a n d t h e co m p o u n d b e h a ve . THEMES: R e ca l l t h a t p a - , t h e r o o t o f f e edi ng , me a n s “ t o p r o t e c t , f e e d ” w h i l e st eg -2 , t h e r o o t o f p rot ect , m e a n s “ t o c o v e r. ” T he w o r d s “ c o v e r ” a n d p rot ect a re s yn o n y m s . 5 O n e d e fi n i t i o n o f t h e f o r m e r i s “ t o p l a ce s o m e t h i n g u p o n o r o v e r , s o a s t o p r o t e c t o r c o n c e a l. ” 6 N o t a b l y, t h e m o t t o o f m a n y p o li c e f o r ce s i n t h e U n i t e d S t a t e s i s “ t o p r o t e ct a n d s e r v e . ” 7 P o l i c e a r e r e fe r r e d t o a s “ c op s ” , a p a r o n y m o f h awk , a n d t h e i r b a d g e s a r e a l s o k n o w n a s “ s h i e l d s ” , a t e r m w h i c h c a n m e a n “ a p r o t e c t i v e d e v i ce o r structure.”8 A s e c o n d t he m e c on c e r n s COWA RDICE , a q ua l i t y a n t i t h e t i c a l t o t he P H YS ICAL COU RA GE e mb o d i e d b y a n d e x p e ct e d o f c op s a n d o t h e r p r o t e ct o r s . Re c a l l t h a t o n e o f t he p a r o n y m s o f h awk i s c ai t i f f w h i c h m e a n s “ a de s p i c a b le c o w a r d ; a w r e t c h. ” 9 A n d a s a ls o n ot e d a b o v e , t h e w o r d c hi ck en i s a l so s l a n g f o r c o w a r d . 10 F i n a l l y , t h e c o w a rd i c e o f t h e chi c ke n c on t r a st s st a r k l y w i t h t h e “ a ct i v e l y a g g r e s si v e a n d c o m b a t i v e a t t i t u d e ” a s s o ci a t e d w i t h t h e h awk . 11 A t h i r d t h e m e c o n ce r n s F OOD . T he w or d s i t s e l f i s a p a r on y m o f f e edi ng . De f i n i t i o n s o f t h e w o r d chi cke n r e f e r n o t on l y t o t h e b i r d i t se l f b u t t o i t s “ f l e s h ” wh i c h i s a m a j o r s o ur c e o f f o o d . T h i s b i r d i s a l s o t he m o s t a b un d a n t s u p p l i e r o f e g g s a s f o od . A l s o , t h e p a r o n ym s o f f e e di ng i n c l u d e se v e r a l o t he r s r e l a t e d t o f o o d — f o dde r, f o ra ge , pa b l u m , fe e d,

p a s t u re , a n ti pa s t o, p a na da , a n d p a nt ry .

5 http://thesaurus.com/browse/cover 6 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dic tionary/entry/cover 7 http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/2/23286/1813133 -protect_and_serve_super.jpg 8 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/shield 9 http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/entry/caitiff 10 h t t p : / / e d u c a t i o n . y a h o o . c o m / r e f e r e n c e / d i c t i o n a r y / e n t r y / c h i c k e n 11 h t t p : / / e d u c a t i o n . y a h o o . c o m / r e f e r e n c e / d i c t i o n a r y / e n t r y / h a w k Starling Hunter © 2011 2

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