1. quotetheunquote says

    Birds help teach me my own language; this bird, the common redpoll, is so named for the red scalp or head.

    Before I was into birds, I never knew that, in the old sense, a “poll” was just a head count. (Hence, also, the term “poll tax” but I guess you all knew that already.)

    Ohhhhh, poll tax! How I love ya, how I love ya!
    My dear ol’ poll tax!

    -Tom Lehrer
    “I wanna go back to Dixie”

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