"Guinea" etymology

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon May 3 07:14:02 UTC 2010

Joel S. Berson wrote:
> ....
> For "Guineas live", there is Joel Chandler Harris's "Daddy Jake the
> runaway: and short stories told after dark" N.Y: The Century Co.,
> 1896), in a story titled "Why the Guineas Stay Awake", page 120:
>       "Yit, soon er late , w'en he got ter whar de guineas live at,
> he foun' um all soun' asleep. ..."

I reckon these guineas are birds.

-- Doug Wilson

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