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Old 09-08-2010, 08:29 PM   #1
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What Is Angling, And Why Do We Call It That?

Excellent Question! I'm so glad you asked. Just bear with me for a minute, as this is likely to be the most long winded and boring answer.

In modern usage, to angle for something generally refers to a subtle or devious means to an end. For example, one might say: "Rob is angling to make some money from his shiny new fishing hub." Another example might be: "Jane was angling for compliments on her new dress." In the second example, you might even say that Jane was fishing for compliments. Coincidence? Hmm, let's dig a little deeper.

Since around the middle of the sixteenth century, the word "angler" has been used as a noun, in referring to anyone who uses a hook and line to catch fish. In verb form, angle/angling was derived from the noun, "angle", which had been used since the fifteenth century to describe a fish hook. This latter has long since fallen from common usage, but we still use angling/angler to describe fishing, and those who love to fish.
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So it's not because some one got upset for being called a master baiter?
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My personal def. is angling/angler fishes with artificial bait, other wise your just fishing.
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