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#174413 03/10/08 01:18 PM
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My brother and I have been engaged in a discussion about the derivation of the expression "pigeon towed". Can anyone help us know from whence this expression comes? Is it simply the way that pigeons walk, or is there some deeper meaning?

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Huh. I know it as "pigeon-toed."

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I saw that too, but i got too caught up in the image of a bunch (flock?) of pigeon's towing away a car..
(Hey where my car? Oh my god, its been pigeon towed!..)
--it could happen, we grow big pigeons here in NYC.

I am not sure if pigeons, more than other birds, have toes that turn in. (i always think of birds as having splayed feet and toes.. but I don't really look at pigeons much, and i am not sure if they are different.

there was some 7 or so years ago, an article in the NYTimes Magazine by a reporter who had a pigeon nest on his window sill.

at first, he had the normal NYer's disgust at the flying rat.. but he started to watch them, and the eggs, and chicks.. and he became over time, enamored. (i don't look at them.. i don't want to become enamored!)

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My guess would be: Yes it's simply the way pigeons walk. No there's no deeper meaning. And yes it's spelled 'toed' (which for those from the deep south is one syllable).

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I thought it was an amphibian creole.


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No, pigeon towed makes sense. To all intensive porpoises, that is.

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In a Hydra ulic environ

...of the porpoise in order to express his affection for her trainer, each time she passed by, slapped the man with her tongue

(Adapted from an actual report from Sea World)


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You people are insane! In the nicest possible way.

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Originally Posted By: The Pook
You people are insane! In the nicest possible way.


you have no idea.


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No, pigeon towed makes sense. To all intensive porpoises, that is.


HA!

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