Thursday, May 05, 2011


Yesterday I put up my Library Loot, and the one and only book that I got from the library was called Cooee by Vivienne Kelly. In the comments to the post, Julie from Read Handed said

The title is fun to say. I have no idea what it means, but it's fun to say. Thanks for sharing!
The word cooee comes from Aboriginal tribe known as the Darug who originally occupied the land that most of modern Sydney is built on. The word means come here, and when done properly, the sound can cover quite a long distance. It is especially fun to do in an environment where there is a good echo.

I wouldn't say that it is a word that is in common usage in modern Australia, but it is fair to say that it is pretty much irresistable to give a few coo-ees if you find yourself in the bush, or up a mountain!

Here's an example of how it is done.


  1. This was very cool. I had no idea!

  2. Thanks for sharing! That's a fun word!

  3. Oh, interesting. Thanks so much for following up!

  4. great post very interesting in deed.

  5. That's great, I'm going to have to "Coee" next time I go for a hike ;)



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