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"Ducks" not "Bunnies"

Postby Marmaduke » Mon May 16, 2011 8:21 pm

In reading the various books that I have, the term "bunnies" were used in place of "cairns". Seems at least up throught the late 70's, "bunnies" was the term used but I can't find any history on why that word was used. Anybody know? And probably who really cares? But........ :?:
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Re: "Bunnies"

Postby Bob Sihler » Mon May 16, 2011 8:53 pm

Maybe because on some trails they seem to needlessly multiply everywhere?
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Re: "Bunnies"

Postby Tonka » Mon May 16, 2011 9:29 pm

Is it Bun-ees or Boon-ees?
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Re: "Bunnies"

Postby Alpinist » Mon May 16, 2011 10:32 pm

I never heard the word bunnies used to describe cairns but my friends and I always called them "ducks". Perhaps they are regional terms, eastern US vs western US. Or Europe?

Edit: There is no mention of any bunnies on Wikipedia.
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Re: "Bunnies"

Postby Marmaduke » Mon May 16, 2011 11:14 pm

Alpinist wrote:I never heard the word bunnies used to describe cairns but my friends and I always called them "ducks". Perhaps they are regional terms, eastern US vs western US. Or Europe?

Edit: There is no mention of any bunnies on Wikipedia.


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Re: "Ducks" not "Bunnies"

Postby Sierra Ledge Rat » Tue May 17, 2011 4:42 am

Ducks and cairns are the only terms I have heard or used since about 1970.

Although I have been known to use the phrase "god damn fucking cairns" with considerable frequency.
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Re: "Ducks" not "Bunnies"

Postby Bob Sihler » Tue May 17, 2011 11:00 am

Yeah, I've only heard "ducks" and "cairns," too.

Marmaduke, maybe you need to spend more time on SP on Easter so you'll learn the difference between ducks and bunnies; the Easter basket isn't cutting it. :wink:
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Re: "Bunnies"

Postby MoapaPk » Tue May 17, 2011 4:34 pm

Marmaduke wrote:No wonder I couldn't find it. That impeckable memory I have is obviosuly failing me- Ducks.


Ducks do peck, but not as much as geese.
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Re: "Ducks" not "Bunnies"

Postby Rob » Tue May 17, 2011 8:07 pm

I can't find any history on why that word was used. Anybody know?


Because they look like ducks.
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Re: "Ducks" not "Bunnies"

Postby Arthur Digbee » Fri May 20, 2011 4:56 am

In the US, I've heard "ducks" and "cairns."

But in Iceland they're called "priests" -- because they show others the way, but never go there themselves.
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Re: "Ducks" not "Bunnies"

Postby Hotoven » Fri May 20, 2011 5:21 pm

I usually call them Liberals and dismember them!

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