One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another name for fiscal (sense 2 of the noun)
- ‘He impales the prey on thorns, barbed wire or sharp twigs; this behaviour gave rise to to the bird's colloquial name, 'jackie hangman'.’
- ‘We have about nine or ten true shrikes one of which is this fiscal shrike (Lanius collaris), commonly known as the 'Jackie hangman' because of its habit of impaling its prey on large thorns, such as those of some acacias.’
Early 20th century: apparently so named because of the bird's habit of impaling its prey on long sharp thorns.
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