The word vögel, in German
, means "bird". There's an intereting slang verb
related to this word. Vögeln is roughly the equivalent
of the English
as applied to copulation
. So in German, if you want to say someone is screwing, you say they are bird
ing, instead, i.e.:
Mikael vögelt Gretchen
: Mikael is birding Gretchen
Gestern abend ist Gretchen von Mikael vögelt geworden.
: Gretchen got birded by Mikael last night.
It is said that this usage of the noun, vögel, in German
came about sometime in the Middle Ages
, when particularly amorous lords and ladies
were referred to as "screwing like birds." Eventually, it shortened into a verb