Wednesday, March 4, 2015

"What's in a word..."

One-Word: Kangaroo

Better late than never, I guess ...

My word was "kangaroo."

My first thought was the animal, which we commonly know, but still seems exotic to me. It has become the symbol of its native Australia, literally a world away from where I live. I have seen them in zoos, but I've never seen one bounding full-speed with those extraordinary legs and tail.

Kangaroo on the run. Photo by Chris Samuel,

The next entry was "kangaroo court," which means a proceeding that perverts legal rights and makes a miscarriage of justice. I wondered how an animal as cute as a kangaroo had its name attached to such an unpleasant thing.

Phpttt! to your Kangaroo Court! Photo by Gopal Vijayaraghavan,

Lastly, (and this will give away my age) I loved Captain Kangaroo, who was essentially my preschool teacher. I watched the Captain every morning, along with Mr. Moose, who always dropped ping-pong balls on the Captain and Mr. Greenjeans, who always brought animals. I still love to watch animal videos.

Mr. Greenjeans, Capt. Kangaroo and bunny friends. Photo by CBS,