Owly

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Owly

Post by Archived Topic » Mon Feb 08, 1999 12:00 am

Can you find the origin of the word "owly?" It is used to describe someone who is grumpy or in a bad mood. I think it may have something to do with the owl (bird) but I'm not sure. I'm not even sure if I am spelling it right.
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Owly

Post by Jonathon Green » Tue Feb 09, 1999 8:00 am

It does indeed stem from the owl, and means resembling an owl, or at least the anthropomorphic version of the bird.
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