Discussion in 'English Only' started by IRENE01, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. IRENE01 Member

    Hi all, could you please tell me if a "chook" can be a native from New Zealand?. I'm sorry but I do not have any context, just this possibility.

    Thanks a lot
  2. Trouts! Member

    British English
    Close, it's an Australian/New Zealand slang word for chicken.

    Google it, first result.

    edit: it seems it might also be used as a term of endearment (like "love" or "darling")
  3. IRENE01 Member

    Thanks a lot!
  4. nzfauna

    nzfauna Senior Member

    Wellington, New Zealand
    New Zealand, English
    NZ has no native chickens.
  5. Trouts! Member

    British English
    Does that matter? :)
  6. cirrus

    cirrus Senior Member

    UK English
    In Northern English, chuck is definitely used as a term of affection. I don't know whether chook is used that way in NZ. My gut feeling is that it isn't. I am sure kiwis on WR will put us right though.
  7. Trouts! Member

    British English
    Yeah, the top google link I mentioned talks about how it might be linked to the Northern "chuck".

    Interesting :)

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