19. D-DAY FOR DODOS (1959)
1. Rara avis: rare bird
Raphus cucculatus: The dodo (Raphus cucullatus) was a flightless bird endemic to
the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. Related to pigeons and doves, it stood about
a meter (3 feet) tall, weighing about 20 kilograms
(44 lb), living on fruit, and
nesting on the ground.
The dodo has been extinct since the mid-to-late 17th century. It is commonly used
as the archetype of an extinct species because its extinction occurred during recorded
human history and was directly attributable to human activity.
The phrase “dead as a dodo” means undoubtedly and unquestionably dead, whilst the
phrase “to go the way of the dodo” means to become extinct or obsolete, to fall out
of common usage or practice, or to become a thing of the past.
Didus Ineptus: alternative name for the Dodo
2. Tufted scroop: Scroop, first duke of Bridgewater
3. Chaugh: Two species of chough constitute the genus Pyrrhocorax of the Corvidae
(crow) family of birds.
5. Winsock: wind sock
10. Goobie: snot?
14. Dronte: French for Dodo
Dudu: German for Dodo
17. Jack Tar: A common English term used to refer to seamen of the Merchant or Royal
Navy, particularly during the period of the British Empire.
18. Tunny: Tuna
21. Recce: reconnaissance
25. Bikini, Eniwetok, Nevada: sites of atomic bomb testing
29. Bird Friday: allusion to “Robinson Crusoe” and Man Friday, a native he encounters
on the beach (on a Friday).
30. Not a sea bird: sea birds have webbed feet.
34. Brace of dodos: a brace is two birds.
36. Cox’n: coxswain. The coxswain is the person in charge of a boat, particularly
its navigation and steering. The etymology of the word gives us a literal meaning
of "boat servant" since it comes from cox, a coxboat or other small vessel kept aboard
a ship, and swain, which can be rendered as boy, in authority (Wikipedia).
38. The old man: naval slang for the captain.
43. In a wax: angry
46. Pongo: orangutan
Matelots: brother sailors (French)
56. Give me strength: the story of Samson (Judges)
60. Ack Ack: Anti-Aircraft gun (air force phonetic).
64. Parley: Parley is a discussion or conference, especially one between enemies
over terms of a truce or other matters. The root of the word parley is parler, which
is the French verb "to speak"; specifically the conjugation parlez "you(pl) speak",
whether as imperative or indicative (Wikipedia).
62. Guano: bird droppings
68. Bone dome: helmet
72. The Morse code message reads DODOS DODOS DODOS DODOS
74. “Anything fit to print?” The motto of the New York Times is “All the news that’s
fit to print”
79. “On ne peut pas dire, apres tout, que ces oiseaux se trouvent en Sahara” – One
cannot say, after all, that these birds are found in the Sahara…
“Britischer Blitz geden Dudu” British blitz against Dodo…
80. French leave: Leave of absence without permission or without announcing one's
departure", including leaving a party without bidding farewell to the host.
The picture in “Alice”: Alice in Wonderland?
B.A. British Association?
R.S. Royal Society
Z.S. Zoological Society?
C.N.D. Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament
R.S.P.C.A. Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
U.N.O. United Nations Organisation