Date: Tue, 6 Feb 1996 23:12:47 -0700 From: Rudy Troike 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 To: UACCIT::RTROIKE Rudy-- 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 time." Does anyone on the ADS list know this usage? Can the Brits on this list help with comments or documentation? Carl