kangaroo court

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Apr 7 16:02:51 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>

Or the origin of the French word for transom, le vasistas.


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