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Re: Kookaburra

Posted by ESC (U.S.) on July 02, 2004

In Reply to: Kookaburra posted by Lotg on July 02, 2004

: : Do you know the origin of "Sitting up like Jackie"? See June 30 post. I googled and found that it was an Aussie phrase.

: I have no proof of this, it's just what I've always believed as I was growing up - but Jackie is a term for a kookaburra. Kookaburras are very alert, perky, powerful (and to my mind) absolutely stunning birds (large kingfishers actually), and I always understood the term to mean that if you're sitting up like Jackie, then you're looking very smart, being very attentive, stand out in the crowd.

The woman that posted didn't return. I just don't like to leave things unresolved.