One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Originally: a young or small heron. Later more generally: any heron.
to know a hawk from a hernshaw
And variants: to have good sense or discernment. Now archaic or historical.
Late Middle English. From Anglo-Norman herouncel, herencell, heronsew young heron (1334, in plural form heronceux, or earlier; compare Middle French (Champagne) heronçaul, heronceau) from heron, heroun + -cel, diminutive suffix.
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