theania at freeuk.com
Thu Jan 25 15:15:15 EST 2001
> Sallyo said...
> > There's considerable doubt about whether a kangaroo really
> > *is* a kangaroo. That is, whether the word (which was probably more like
> > kannaru) really refers to the animal at all.
> I heard a story (almost certainly apocryphal) to the effect that early
> European visitors to Australia saw a kangaroo for the first time and
> promptly asked a convenient native "what's that?". The native replied
> guru", meaning (allegedly) "I don't know". Or maybe "I don't understand
> you". And so the kangaroo got its name. :-)
In the version I heard it meant "good to eat".
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