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Dec 24, 2015This week’s theme
Yours to discover
This week’s words
The Jayhawk, mascot of U of Kansas. It’s now explained as the hybrid of the two birds: blue jay and sparrow hawk.
Photo: Garry Thompson
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: 1. A robber. 2. A native or resident of Kansas.
Originally, a Jayhawker was a member of antislavery guerrillas in Kansas or Missouri during the US Civil War. It’s not clear why they were called Jayhawkers. Earliest documented use: 1860.
“On occasion, Jennison’s men joined Jim Lane’s jayhawkers in a series of hit-and-run raids.”
Wilmer L. Jones; Behind Enemy Lines; Taylor Trade Publishing; 2015.
“Some Kansans are complaining that Miss America Tara Dawn Holland isn’t exactly a Jayhawker. ‘She wasn’t really Miss Kansas,’ Joyce Carron of Wichita said as Holland arrived for appearances in the state. Responded Holland: ‘I learned a long time ago that home is where you hang your hat.’ She attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City, after three attempts at becoming Miss Florida.”
Arlene Vigoda; Losing Faith; USA Today; Oct 16, 1996.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:You have not converted a man because you have silenced him. -John Morley, statesman and writer (24 Dec 1838-1923)
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