Whats in an indigenous bird name

To: "Paul Taylor" <>
Subject: Whats in an indigenous bird name
From: "Peter Madvig" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 23:22:27 +1000
Lake Malawi, in Malawi, used to be Lake Nyasa, in Nyasaland. Well, when "the locals" were asked by one of the first explorers what that vast expance of water was, the answer was:" Nyasa". You guessed it - Nyasa means 'Lake!!!! i.e., we had for years Lake 'Lake', in Lakeland :-)

Or, so I'm told.
Peter Madvig

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