Klepperle #austria-czech

Erika Abrams <eabs@...>
 

A marginal note:
The German word Klepper means not only a horse (in Bohemia, not particularly
an old horse, but a fast trotter, though scrawny and not good-looking), but
also a bullfinch or hawfinch (grosbeak) or, applied to people, someone who
is always running about.
A 19th century German-Czech dictionary also has an entry for Kleppermensch,
meaning "sukal, osmrda", i.e. busybody (eventually handyman).

Erika Abrams (France)

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