At 11:54 5/01/2000 +1100, you wrote:
>Does anyone know the etymology of Jack Winter? Is it named after Mr Jacky
>Winter? Or is the 'Jacky' part named after someone and the 'Winter' some
>reference to season? Or is it some 19th century colloquialism? And thus, if
>one was so silly as to only use capitals for the common names of birds,
>except where those common names comprised otherwise capitalised words, does
>one capitalise Jacky, Winter, both or neither?
J.D. MacDonald published a little known book in about 1987, entitled
"The illustrated dictionary of Australian Birds by Common Name" which
gives this sort of info.
For Jacky Winter, he states:
"Given from early days 'jacky', possibly from call note resembling 'jacky-jacky'
but 'winter' is obscure; Vigors and Horsfield recorded in 1827 that 'Mr Caley
informs us that the boys of the colony call it Winter, the reason for which
Dr Peter Woodall email =
Division of Vet Pathology & Anatomy
School of Veterinary Science & An. Prod. Phone = +61 7 3365 2300
The University of Queensland Fax = +61 7 3365 1355
Brisbane, Qld, Australia 4072 WWW = http://www.uq.edu.au/~anpwooda
"hamba phezulu" (= "go higher" in isiZulu)
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