Slang/jargon use of Chook

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Subject: Slang/jargon use of Chook
From: James Lambert <>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2009 19:47:25 +1100
Dear all

I first came across the word "chook" used to describe "an abundant bird that 
birders get sick of seeing", when reading Sean Dooley's "The Big Twitch" (one 
of my favourite books).

As a lexicographer I was interested in the term. Sean Dooley's book was 
published in 2005. I checked the Birding-Aus archives and the earliest example 
I could find was 1998.

So I have two questions:

1. When did this term first start being used? (I'm looking for anecdotal 
evidence here)

2. Does anyone have a source earlier than 1998 which uses the word "chook" in 
this way? (I'm looking for printed evidence here)

I am not interested in the general use of the word chook = chicken, which is 
standard Australian slang dating back to 1900 (or possibly 1894).

Any information would be greatly appreciated

James Lambert
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