Feb 8, 2003, 9:26 AM
Post #5 of 5
"The english 'don't beat around the bush' ... I had never thought how strange it sounded. But think about it what is the bush? where is the bush? What is the 'beat around'. I mean think about it literally and you see how non-sensical it is."
Re: [jturpen] A new espression
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I went "beating" as a kid in England,when shotgun hunting is done on an estate,kids are used to "beat";;....dogs are used in the open (scenting),but in a wooded area the "game"i.e. pheasants,partridge woodcock & rabbit,have to be flushed out (with a stick) from hiding, most of the time IN bushes. (they get shot in the air,or in the open as rabbits)
Many times I have seen pheasants & rabbits Not move until the dog touched it with it's nose,(& got a mouthfull of tail feathers)
If a sportsman true you'd be
Listen carefully to me.
Never, never let your gun
Pointed at any one;
That it may unloaded be
Matters not the least to me.
When a hedge or fence you cross
Though of time it cause a loss,
From your gun the cartridge take
For the greater safety sake.
If 'twixt you and neighboring gun
Bird may fly or beast my run,
Let this maxim e'er be thine;
"Follow not across the line."
Stops and beaters, oft unseen,
Calm and steady always be;
"Never shoot where you can't see."
Kep your place and silent be;
Game can hear, and game can see;
Don't be greedy, better spared
Is a pheasant, than one shared.
You may kill, or you may miss,
But at all times think of this
"All the pheasants ever bred
Won't repay for one man dead."
(This post was edited by arbon on Feb 8, 2003, 9:57 AM)