"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Friday, 23 January 2009


A house-dove was a tame dove or pigeon, kept in a dove-house or dovecote. At one time the expression was also used for a person who preferred to stay at home rather than going out amongst the social whirl.

Nan has a quote on her website - "I suppose I am a sparrow, a stay-at-home bird." Gladys Taber. A house-dove was obviously a similar creature.


  1. I can think of worse things to be called, right?

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