Re: RARA-AVIS: Short administrative note.

William Denton (
Sun, 12 Jul 1998 13:57:46 -0400 (EDT) On Sun, 12 Jul 1998, Teresa Cecchetti wrote:

Welcome to the list! (A request: please try to cut down your quoted
text as much as possible in future.)

: Why the name rara-avis? My daughter has been to (and is about to go
: again) to a resort in Costa Rica called Rara-avis, no electricity,
: no roads, you must get in by train and mule. Is there a connection
: between the place in Costa Rica and the name of your group?

Not directly. The name of the list comes from a line in _The Maltese
Falcon_; Gutman refers to the black bird as a "rara avis" or rare
bird. Eddie Duggan suggested the name, and sent the quote to the list
once. Let me see. Here it is, from

| "I was sure you would. Well, sir, the shortest farewells are the
| best. Adieu." He made a portly bow. "And to you, Miss O'Shaughnessy,
| adieu. I leave you the rara avis on the table as a little momento."

Perhaps the phrase means the same thing in Spanish?


William Denton | Toronto, Canada | | Caveat lector.
            "Let's keep the party polite."

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