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Bird names in America and Britain
« on: June 05, 2020, 08:51:43 PM »
Lynne Murphy's blog Separated by a Common Language recently had a discussion of the differences between the UK and US in the names of garden birds and bird-related language. Some forumites will probably find it interesting. It's here.
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Re: Bird names in America and Britain
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2020, 01:36:41 AM »
It mentions Aussies too. I have to say that parakeet-smuggler doesn't have quite the same ring as budgie-smuggler.  :laugh:

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Re: Bird names in America and Britain
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2020, 06:47:43 PM »
While entertaining this tangential diversion, there's actually a brand of swimwear called "Budgy Smuggler" ...  ;D

In the meantime, I never understood why Americans chose 'parakeet' over 'budgie', given that there are numerous species of parakeet, but only one budgie ...
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Re: Bird names in America and Britain
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2020, 10:19:33 AM »
While entertaining this tangential diversion, there's actually a brand of swimwear called "Budgy Smuggler" ...  ;D

In the meantime, I never understood why Americans chose 'parakeet' over 'budgie', given that there are numerous species of parakeet, but only one budgie ...

The people I know who keep them prefer budgie.