Re: Drongo in the pejorative

Subject: Re: Drongo in the pejorative
From: John Larocque <>
Date: Sun, 22 Jun 1997 10:59:39 +1000
See W.S. Ramson ed., _The Australian National Dictionary_ (OUP, 1988)
which says:

drongo. [Transf. use of drongo the name of a bird. Perh. infl. by its
earlier use as the name of a racehorse (running between 1923 and 1925);
see quots. 1924 and 1946.] A fool or simpleton, a 'no-hoper' (orig. of a
Royal Australian Air Force recruit). Also drong and attrib. ... 1924
Argus (Melbourne) 1 Nov. 24/5 Drongo is sure to be a very hard horse to
beat. He is improving with every run.] ... 1946 Salt (Melbourne) 8 Apr.
22 Drongo was the name of a horse who failed to win a race. ... The
horse retired in 1925 and after that anybody or anything slow or clumsy
became a Drongo.

John Larocque 
Canberra Australia


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