boomerang


boomerang
Boomerang is an Australian word which has moved into International English. It was borrowed from Dharuk, the Aboriginal language spoken in the Sydney region. While the spelling boomerang is now standard, in the early period the word was given a variety of spellings: bomerang, bommerang, bomring, boomereng, boomering, bumerang. The Australian Aboriginal boomerang is a crescent-shaped wooden implement used as a missile or club, in hunting or warfare, and for recreational purposes. The best-known type of boomerang, used primarily for recreation, can be made to circle in flight and return to the thrower. Although boomerang-like objects were known in other parts of the world, the earliest examples and the greatest diversity of design is found in Australia. A specimen of a preserved boomerang has been found at Wyrie Swamp in South Australia and is dated at 10,000 years old. Boomerangs were not known throughout the entirety of Australia, being absent from the west of South Australia, the north Kimberley region of Western Australia, north-east Arnhem Land, and Tasmania. In some regions boomerangs are decorated with designs that are either painted or cut into the wood. Very early in Australian English the term boomerang was used in transferred and figurative senses, especially with reference to something which returns to or recoils upon its author. These senses are now part of International English, but it is interesting to look at the earliest Australian evidence for the process of transfer and figurative use: 1846 Boston Daily Advertiser 5 May: Like the strange missile which the Australian throws, Your verbal boomerang slaps you on the nose. 1894 Bulletin (Sydney) 7 July: The argument that there should be profitable industrial prison-labour is a boomerang with a wicked recoil. 1911 Pastoralists' Review 15 March: Labour-Socialist legislation is boomerang legislation, and it generally comes back and hits those it was not intended for. By the 1890s boomerang had also developed as a verb in Australian English, meaning 'to return in the manner of a boomerang; to recoil (upon the author); to ricochet. The earliest evidence for the verb form occurs in 1891 in The Worker (Brisbane): Australia's a big country An' Freedom's humping bluey And Freedom's on the wallaby Oh don't you hear her Cooee, She's just begun to boomerang She'll knock the tyrants silly. In 1979 the Canberra Times reported 'Greg Chappell's decision to send England in appeared to have boomeranged'. This verbal sense of boomerang has also moved into International English.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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  • Boomerang — (ingl., de or. australiano; pronunc. [bumerán]) m. Bumerán. * * * Un boomerang es un objeto que tras ser lanzado regresa a su punto de origen debido a su perfil y forma de lanzamiento especiales. Cualquier material es válido para construir un… …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • boomerang — (del inglés; pronunciamos bumerán ) sustantivo masculino 1. Bumerán. bumerán o boomerang sustantivo masculino 1. Arma arrojadiza propia de los indígenas australianos, formada por una lámina de madera encorvada, que, una ve …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

  • boomerang — [bo͞om′ər aŋ΄] n. [< Austral native name] 1. a flat, curved stick that can be thrown so that it will return to a point near the thrower: it is used as a weapon by Australian Aborigines 2. something that goes contrary to expectations and… …   English World dictionary

  • Boomerang — Boom er*ang, n. A very singular missile weapon used by the natives of Australia and in some parts of India. It is usually a curved stick of hard wood, from twenty to thirty inches in length, from two to three inches wide, and half or three… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Boomerang — Boomerang, engl. Schreibung für Bumerang (s.d.) …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • boomerang — → búmeran o bumerán …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas


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