The Bard and His Birds

How Falconry Shaped the English Language

Feeling hoodwinked or fed up? You can thank falconry for those particular turns of phrase. During the 16th century, a rather notable amateur falconer named William Shakespeare became enamored of the sport. The playwright loved training birds of prey so much that he began adding falconry references to his plays. And guess what? He successfully wrapped us all around his little finger. (See what we did there?)

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