At 01:41 PM 20/06/97 +1000, you wrote:
>Does anyone know of the use of the word "drongo" in the strine sense in
>literature before World War II. Quote will be fine but reference where
>to find it would also be great. Librarians, e.g., Denis Abbott, please
The word drongo actually came into Strine use via a racehorse. The horse was
presumably named for the bird, of course. Drongo was foaled in 1921, and his
ignominious career ended in 1925. Apparently he excelled at coming in
second, and never won a race. From that time, anything which wasn't quite up
to snuff was called a drongo, and subsequently the soubtriquet was applied
to anything clumsy, stupid or worthless.
My authority is G.A. Wilkes, _A Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms_,
Hope this helps.
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