|(photo by Isidro Vila Verde)|
Noun. Mid-19th century.
[BUDGEREE (Australian colloquial for 'good, excellent', from Aboriginal 'bujari') + 'gar' cockatoo.]
A small Australian parakeet, Melopsittacus undulatus, a popular cage-bird,
green in the wild state, although captive birds are bred in a variety of colours.
Noun. Colloquial. Early 20th century.
Well flip me over and tickle me backwards - budgerigar, the most unimaginative and unexotic of pets, is actually Australian, and derives its name from the Aboriginal word bujari. That is a surprise, for me anyway, but my only experience of budgies was my grandparents' budgie Joey. Every two weeks, my Dad and I would take the two-hour drive from Oxford to London to visit his elderly Mum and Dad, and highlights of said trip included playing with Grandad's compass, exploring their WWII bomb-shelter, and looking at Joey, a simple but friendly budgie who nibbled on his cuttlefish, pecked a mirror and occasionally said "Who's a pretty boy, then?" Being children of the Victorian era, my grandparents were never the most adventurous types, and I would love to know if they knew of Joey's truly transcontinental ancestry.
|Always maintain a straight face when smuggling budgies|
(photo by SpeedoPhotos)
Do you or have you ever owned a budgie?
If not, do you (like me) know people with smaller vocabularies than your average budgie?
Have you ever smuggled a budgie?
Please budgeree your gar in the comment box below.