|Stone the crows if that ain't a face like a dropped pie!|
(photo by Gunnar 'Probably Not Australian' Gunnarsson)
Noun. Plural drongos or drongoes. Mid-19th century.
1 Any of several black birds with long forked tails that belong to
the passerine family Dicruridae and occur in Africa, southern Asia, and Australia. M19
2 A stupid, foolish, or incompetent person. Australia & New Zealand. slang. M20
For people of a certain age (my age), drongo will no doubt conjure up memories of the Australian soap Neighbours and its famously cerebral dialogue:
"Rack off, Ramsey, yer stupid flamin' drongo!"
If you've always admired the Australians for their bizarrely idiomatic epithets, you will be interested to know that drongo is actually a Madagascan name which acquired its negative connotation in the 1920s thanks to Drongo, the spectacularly inept Australian racehorse with a record of virtually always coming last. Thus, drongo entered into the Aussie vernacular, reaching our own shores just a few decades later by way of Australia's fine schedule of televisual programming.
Are you a drongo?
Are you as stoked as I am about this Aussie insight?
Do please go off like a frog in a sock in the bonza box below, mate.