Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wednesday’s Word

Word: Gorby (N.)

Definition: Canada jay (Perisoreus canadensis - “meat bird,” “moose bird,” “whiskey jack,” “camp thief,” etc.)

This large, soot-colored, ungainly bird is the panhandler of the northern forests. Absolutely fearless, the jay will perch upon the muzzle of a hunter’s gun if it thinks it can con the man out of a bite of the sandwich in his pocket.

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Old legend held that gorbies represent the transmirgrated souls of dead woodsmen, thus acccounting for their familiarity with man.

(Definition from: “How To Talk Yankee”, by Gerald Lewis & Tim Sample, copyright 1979, 1986 by The Thorndike Press; copyright 1989 by the First North Country Press)

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