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Chiefly in:   morning dove , Morning Becomes Electra

Classification: English – citational

Spotted in the wild:

  • Marilyn and I have been watching a morning dove who nested and has been sitting on the eggs up in our gutter on the front (north) side of the house. (Union University News Release, May 7, 2003)
  • Ground feeders like juncos, morning doves, sparrows and cardinals will feed on seed kicked off of platform feeders by other birds or on feed placed on the ground for them. (UNH Cooperative Extension news)
  • I wrote about Greek tragedy, not really on Greek tragedy, but, on the 20th Century adaptations of it, … like Morning Becomes Electra, and there were about eight others, French, German, American, and so on. (Rutgers Oral History Archives of World War II, May 14, 1999)
  • The author files contain a large section of Eugene O’Neill material, including 60 letters (1920-1948) to Commins; galleys for Morning Becomes Electra, Ah, Wilderness, The Iceman Cometh, Days Without End, and A Moon for the Misbegotten. (Princeton University Library, Saxe Commins Papers)

Christine Quintasket (1888-1936), an Okanogan Indian from eastern Washington and the first Native American woman to publish a novel, originally went by the pen name “Morning Dove.” According to this thesis, she changed her pseudonym to “Mourning Dove” after she visited a museum and realized that this was the proper spelling of the bird’s name.

KCRW, a public radio station in Santa Monica, CA, has a music program called “Morning Becomes Eclectic.”

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/02/17 |


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    Commentary by Sarah , 2005/05/15 at 5:32 pm

    There is a street called Morning Dove Way in Arnold, MD, 21012. The streets in its subdivision have non-joke bird names (Ternwing, Rock Dove), suggesting that it is a mistake, or else a marketing decision to give the street an upbeat rather than a negatively colored name.

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