||Jim Young (guest, 22.214.171.124)
||February 8, 2009 at 12:28:44 PM
||Re: Siskin by Paul
My dictionary describes the siskin as "a yellowish green finch". Finch, Fink and Spink are all English surnames meaning "finch". With regard to meaning Paul Reaney writes "perhaps 'simpleton'".
As to the origin of the word siskin, my dictionary again, "German dialect sisschen; apparently Slavic". So we're back with the Slavs.
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