Reply to post: As was common back then ...

What do WLinux and Benedict Cumberbatch have in common? They're both fond of Pengwin

jake Silver badge

As was common back then ...

... the penguin was named after a familiar critter from back home. In this case penguin is an obsolete English name for the Great Auk, Pinguinus impennis, from the Latin pinguis meaning 'plump', and the lack of flight feathers, or pennae.

The Welsh story I heard as a schoolboy in Yorkshire is that loosely translated, Peng Wyn would actually mean "White Head", and referred to the bird's winter plumage. Sadly, it's a myth.

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