We inevitably stray into history every so often here on Haggard Hawks, and this week was no exception. The Roman statesman Cicero earned his second HH shout out today (spoiler alert: here’s the first) over on our new Instagram channel, thanks to a bizarre fact about the origin of his name:
Another word for a tortoiseshell cat popped up on HH recently:
So here’s a bit more about it.
By “a bit,” unfortunately I mean, “not very much.” Because as grand as that word is, its history is somewhat muddy. As a name for a tortoiseshell, it appears to have fallen into use by the nineteenth century...