A stork is a marvellous thing, big and dignified and imposing.
(Well, actually, the last stork I saw wasn't that dignified or imposing - it was standing morosely in an English field with rain cascading off the end of its beak - but mostly
Immature Painted Storks at nests J.M.Garg
Anyway, the thing is, why are they called storks? Stork sounds harsh and scouring and pointy.
(Yes, yes, it's true their beaks are pointy, but, hey, it's a bird. What do you expect?)
The trouble with not using the word stork, of course, is that there's no other word for, well, a stork. The scientific name for its family is the Ciconiidae, but that's not a lot of use in everyday life.
So what we can do if we see a stork?
Unfortunately I haven't the faintest idea.
Word Not To Us Today: stork. This word comes from Old English storc, which is related to the Old English stearc, stiff, from the appearance of its legs.