Most everyone knows that "metaphorically, sitting on the fence is straddling the position between two ideas without committing to either of them."
And when I see various squirrel types "on the fence," in Central Park, it has prompted me to check out the idiom's origin.
The same thought has occurred to me when I see various wildbirds on the fence.
Evidently, "'on the fence' has its roots in Middle English, when the word 'fens', short for 'defens' was originated. Later, an “e” was added to the term to form the word defense as it is used today. Fences often define ownership, and to sit on a physical fence is to straddle a position between two different properties." (http://bit.ly/2MY6Q78)
Btw, all the bird types seen here are featured in my book series, Words In Our Beak ...
... which make a wonderful gift for Valentines Day, which is only six days away! And I have a great line of cards for this occasion that are available via Fine Art America.
SOOOO, if you have been on the fence re what to get your true love for Valentine's Day; get off the fence and get these cards as well as the book series, Words In Our Beak!
Here's the book series purchase info:
Volume One: ISBN: 9780996378529
Book Seller Info: http://bit.ly/2AFZDCz
Barnes & Noble On-Line: http://bit.ly/2AAnB26
book culture On Columbus (a bookstore on the UWS in NYC): http://bit.ly/2FsC1Uf
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Barnes & Noble On-Line: http://bit.ly/2G65m6H
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EACH OF THESE BOOKS CAN BE ORDERED FROM ANY PLACE SELLING BOOKS BY GIVING THEM THE TITLE, OR ISBN, OR MY NAME, PATRICIA YOUNGQUIST.