Koontz John E John.Koontz at
Mon Nov 22 23:21:01 UTC 2004

On Mon, 22 Nov 2004, Alan H. Hartley wrote:
> Alabama tiskomma 'cardinal' (prob. onomatopoeic from the noise
> 'tististis' made by the bird, + homma 'red.' And cf. tiskila 'blue
> jay.') Sylvestine et al. s.v.
> Creek tasi [both vowels at normal pitch] 'blue jay' (Martin & Mauldin
> s.v.) No obvious cognate to tiskahomma.
> These all look (sound) onomatopoeic to me.

This might well work for 'cardinal', but I don't think tis matches any of
the blue jay calls, and it's not the usual form of onomatopoeic name for
'blue jay'.  "Jay" is actually more the typical sort of onomatopoeic for a
jay.  There's also that rusty hinge noise, but I don't know how one would
represent that.

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