Re: Spelling

To: Tony Clarke <>
Subject: Re: Spelling
From: Brian Fleming <>
Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 13:14:15 +1000
Tony Clarke wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I though you might enjoy the following:
> When Country Connoisseurs held a Prize Draw for identifying 3 birds at
> the
> Rutland Bird Fair, England, the only bird to get off lightly was
> Number 2
> the Great Spotted Woodpecker.  Bird Number 1 was identified as Cucku,
> Cookoo, Coocoo, Coco, Coocku, Cooku, Cockoo, Coocko, Cucco.
> But the cuckoo paled into insignificance against Bird Number 3: the
> efforts
> were magnificent and the prize for spelling must go to
> 'Cookerborough'.
> >From a list of over 50, other notable attempts were: Kuckoburo,
> Coockabora,
> Cuckabara, Kuckoburo, Cuckoo Paria, Kooaborough, Cookerburra,
> Cockaboro,
> Kuckaboroo, Cookaburra, Cuckerboro, Kukabura, Cookubrough, Kaocborro,
> Kukaburra, Koohobkabura, Koukenabura, Kookuburrough, Cuckuwbure,
> Cuckahborra, Koukenabura, Koocobourgh, Cuckonara, Kucatbro.  No wonder
> this
> bird has a lot to laugh about!
> Bye for now,
> Tony.
> Tony Clarke,
> C/ República Dominicana, Nº 61,
> Barrio de Fátima,
> 38500 Güimar,
> Tenerife,
> Canary Islands,
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I doubt if the Kookaburra will mind. All versions were more or less
recognisable as a pronunciation of the name. I don't know which
aboriginal language the accepted version is derived from, but Robin
Hill's "Australian Birds" cites several aboriginal names -
Kowburra, Akkaburra, Arkooburra, Googooburra, Gurgaga, Gingarga 'and a
host of others'.
Another was used in a fine bush-ballad (Douglas Stewart's collection )as
'The wild Goburra's call'.

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