'Guinea fowl keets for sale from $10 each'

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Subject: 'Guinea fowl keets for sale from $10 each'
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2014 11:33:14 +1100
Back to David's comment. He would appear to be correct, as noted on these
websites:, and which clearly gives that word
use. I tried to copy the paragraphs here but would not allow this.

It does seem to be a strange to invent that word, rather than chick. Keet
may have an African origin, independent of the parrot use. I have no idea.
Nothing odd about words having more than one meaning.

If it was "Guinea fowl, keets for sale from $10 each' then surely it should
be "and" that was missing, rather than a comma. Then again if it is an and
rather than young guinea fowls, then what would the "keets" be?

Then again so is "puggle" strange for a baby monotreme.


-----Original Message-----
From: Geoffrey Dabb 
Sent: Wednesday, 3 December 2014 10:11 AM
Subject: FW: [canberrabirds] 'Guinea fowl keets for sale from $10 each'

And maybe a bit beyond the mid-20thC, too ...

....  They were feeding on blossoms, and, unlike the 'keets, on buds and
lerps as well.

The Australian National Dictionary Centre has entries for 'keets' as a short
form for 'lorikeets'. In use from the 19thC until the mid-20thC. regards Con

New one on me. I wonder what that comes from, as "Keet" is usually
associated with parrots - as in lorikeet and parakeet.


On 2/12/2014 6:19 PM, David McDonald (personal) wrote:
> Someone yesterday posted to the Wamboin & Bywong Hub Facebook page
> 'Guinea fowl keets for sale from $10 each.'
> Probably everyone but me already knew that keets are young guinea
> fowls.
> One problem, though: it is not in the Oxford English Dictionary. A few
> citations in Trove. I have now submitted it to the OED for
> consideration next time they get to revise 'ke'.
> For info - David

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