[Sca-cooks] 'roo talk
johnna at sitka.engin.umich.edu
Thu Mar 20 08:47:15 PDT 2008
OED has 'roo as in an abbreviation for kangaroo as dating to 1904.
> ROO as a verb *roo* r/u/enticons/macr.gif/, v.trans. To strip (sheep)
> of wool by hand; to pluck (wool) in this manner.
> * *1612* [see vbl. sb. below].
> * *1615* /Acts Lawting Sheriff Orkney/ (Maitland Cl.) 175 It is
> statut and ordanit that it sall nocht be lesum to no maner of
> persone nor persones to rowing [/sic/] ony scheip unto the tyme
> they be lawfullie warnit.
> *roo**,* sb.1 Obs.-1 A wheel. *? A. 1400* /Morte Arth./ 3374, I
> salle redily rolle þe roo at þe gayneste. [Cf. 3388 Abowte scho
> whirles the whele;]
> Lastly *roo**,* var. ro obs. f. roe row which is A small species of
> deer (/Capreolus capræa/, formerly /Cervus capreolus/) inhabiting
> various parts of Europe and Asia; a deer belonging to this species.
> * /enticons/greek/agr.gif *C. 725* /Corpus Gloss./ 403 /Capria/, raha.
> * *C. 875* /Erfurt Gloss./ 1161 /Capriolus/, raa.
*C. 1400* /Rom. Rose/ 7048 *Roo-venisoun y-bake in paste.
Hope this helps
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