I am interested in the _expression_ ‘superb parrot central’ used in this report. Was it used by Dr
Rayner or are they the words of the journalist?
Users of this chatline might remember some years ago the words ‘finch central’ were used ( I think
by Julian Robinson) to indicate a location where there happened to be quite a few finches around, and for a time the label attached itself to that location. There was some discussion about the term that had, apparently, been coined at that time. I think
Julian had in mind a faint connection with ‘Finchley Central’, a tube station in north London which he had once used (and also myself as it happened). Someone else (was it Martin Butterfield?) thought the association was, humorously, with ‘Ghosts Central’
in the Ghostbusters movie. Was there another source? These days it would not be surprising to find a claimed ‘Flowers Central’ for a florist shop, or some similar, faintly humorous, hyperbolic commercial use.
Since ‘finch central’ I have heard use of, for example, ‘honeyeaters central’ and ‘ducks central’
to draw attention to places where such groups can be found, perhaps for just a short time. Such expressions are used in a light-hearted conversational sense, generally among birdwatchers. I would be interested to know if ‘finch central’ is indeed their origin
or if there is a separate source.
Here ‘superb parrot central’ is used in a different way, certainly not light-heartedly. The phrase
is intended to indicate that the ACT has relatively large numbers of this threatened species, indeed ‘is going to become the most important area for the population’. Is the _expression_ in the process of acquiring a new connotation?
Sent: Thursday, 7 December 2017 8:20 AM
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