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Around the Square
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 • Posted September 26, 2012


Has fallen.

Officially last Saturday.

And with it came cooler mornings.

And buzzards.

A dozen of them circling Mason Feed Store.

Others working their way up El Paso.

Looking for something dead.

Preferably road kill.





Most anything will do.

Wild hog.



Or cat.

Bon appétit.


From Middle English busard.

Which came from the Old French busart.

And buson and buison.

Which came from the Latin buteo.

Meaning “a kind of hawk.”

Also known as turkey vulture.

Because it resembles a turkey with its naked, reddish head.

All this according to trusty Webster.

A buzzard can also be a mean person.

You know the type.

Mean old buzzard.

“Buzz” comes not from any language.

But from the sound it makes.

That of a prolonged “z.”


Like a bee.

Or a buzz saw.

Buzz along at a steady rate.

If work piles up, buzz right through it.

Some like to get a buzz on.

Or get a buzz cut.

Give me a buzz sometime.

And now it’s time to buzz off.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is an author, poet, and real estate broker on the square

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