Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 23:12:47 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CCIT.ARIZONA.EDU
Subject: Anybody know of a reference on "birdcage" = schedule ?
Can anybody help with this inquiry?
From: UACCIT::CTB "Carl Berkhout" 6-FEB-1996 23:06
I'm preparing to send a meaning of "birdcage" off to Jeffery
Triggs at the OED. But I have found no written citation of it. I have
heard it only in England and only twice, in Oxbridge circles, in the
past 4 or 5 years. Pat Collinson, Simon Keynes, and I discussed the
term at a Trinity College, Cambridge, dinner a couple of years ago, but
we were all rather puzzled.
Anyway, a "birdcage" is the piece of paper, with blocks of time marked
out, that you are supposed to return to a secretary or to whomever to
indicate, say, when you might be free for a meeting. You must draw an X
or whatever in the blocks of time that you will not be free and you must
then send your birdcage back to the secretary. The two usages that I
heard were something like
"Please complete this birdcage and return it as soon as possible."
"I'd have rescheduled the meeting if you had sent me your birdcage on
Does anyone on the ADS list know this usage? Can the Brits on this list
help with comments or documentation?