kangaroo court

Mike Salovesh t20mxs1 at CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU
Thu Apr 6 12:45:15 UTC 2000

"Prof. Roly Sussex" wrote:

> By the way, Hendrickson mentions the story that when Capt
> James Cook the explorer asked an Aboriginal for the name of
> the kangaroo, the Aboriginal is supposed to have said
> "kangaroo" meaning "I don't know". OED is uncertain, but
> thinks the story lacks foundation. The "Australian National
> Dictionary" favours gangurru, the word for a large black
> or grey kangaroo, Macropus robustus, from the language
> Guugu Yimidhirr.

Sounds like a relative of the following:

Teacher:  Johnny, can you use the word "indemnify" in a sentence?

Johnny:   Teacher, indemnify know.

-- mike salovesh                    <salovesh at niu.edu>

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