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whiffling

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  • Whiffling[1] is a term used in ornithology, describing the action of descending rapidly from a height once the decision to land has been made, involving fast side-slipping first one way and then the other. The term is usually applied to geese. — “Whiffling - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
  • In 2009, de Boinod wrote The Wonder of Whiffling, a book about unusual words in English, the word "whiffling" having several meanings, including, "one who examined candidates for degrees an officer who cleared the way for a procession, as. — “Adam Jacot de Boinod - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org
  • Named for a bayou between Little Rock and Hot Springs in Arkansas, he was sired by Little Missouri and out of the mare Whiffling. by Loblolly Stable, after Prairie Bayou's success on the racetrack, Calumet Farm purchased Whiffling in foal to Danzig for $1,050,000 at the 1994 Keeneland November Sale. — “Prairie Bayou - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia”, en.wikipedia.org

Quotations

  • In the whole catalogue of those whiffling vexations which come puffing across a man's canvass, there is not one of a more teasing and tormenting nature, than this particular one which I am going to describe–and for which (unless you travel with an avance-courier, which numbers do in order to prevent it)–there is no help: and it is this. — “Tristram Shandy” by Laurence Sterne

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