Blue Jay 10
10 Dictionary of American Regional English terms are listed as synonyms of the blue jay: bird o’ Satan, bluebonnet bird, bluecoat, blue devil, blue jaybird, blue Jesus, corn bird, corn thief, jaybird, nest robber.
Carrie: Layers of regional ideas, perspectives and cultural influences construct the concept of the very same bird in dramatically different ways.
Julie: Is the blue jay a blue devil or a blue Jesus? Your cultural background and your experiences with the creature will color your terminology. Names such as corn thief or nest robber can also serve as built-in definitions or encyclopedic nuggets of information about a creature. These embedded seeds of knowledge are then transmitted through folk and regional speech.