THIS JUST IN: An Epic Baroo

Boys and Girls! Your Glossary word for today is ‘Baroo.’

BAROO [BAH-ROO] (noun) (sound effect) A common animal look expressing: “Whut the…?” Frequently accompanied by a head tilt and/or wrinkled brow.

That’s the lesson for today, Teresa H.



  1. Barn Owl Baroos rule!

    This “Baroo” brought to you by the League of Ornithological Chiropracters.

  2. Fuzzalina says:

    That’s the ultimate Baroo.

  3. DreamspinnerCheryl says:


  4. Awww, I was going to make a Hooot-barooo pun * Pouts*

  5. When I read that owls can turn their heads 180 degrees, I did not think it was along that axis.

  6. Sweet Suffolke Owl
    So trimly dight
    With feathers like a ladye bright
    Thou singst alone sitting by night
    Tu-Whoo tu-whit tu-whoo tu-whit tu-whoo!
    The note, that forth so freely rolls,
    With shrill command the mouse controls;
    And sings a dirge for dying soules,
    Tu-Whoo tu-whit tu-whoo tu-whit tu-whoo!


  7. Queen of Dork says:

    I am SO going to do that at work on Friday when my boss asks me if I have completed the end-of-month report. I’ll be all, “barooo? I was supposed to do…huh?!

    Theresa: Did you see the song I wrote for you and your nephew on the thread about…um…crap. I think it’s on the fluffy chick thing. Baroooooo???

  8. Maybe I can print this out and instead of completing finals I can just discreetly tape this into the insides of the answer booklets.

  9. this about as much of a baroo as can be made. baroo to tha xtreme!

  10. Ashley Barajas says:

    Unfortunately after watching the fourth kind I can never look at owls the same without some form of fear being instilled in me.

  11. misscrisp says:

    OMFG that Singer banner ad is the MOST annoying evar! I do ~not~ want my CO spontaneously making obnoxious sounds. Boooo.

  12. That’s a super baroo. An epic extreme neck angle baroo of the owlish kind. Well done, owl! The round psycho eyes and sharp beak create a complete package of “answer my question and I won’t treat you like a juicy vole. Or I will. My choice.” Yup, the visual will make me screen my calls and peek out the spy hole in the front door to avoid all contact. Consider me freaked out, yet a small part of me wants to cuddle the owl. Obviously the crazy part of me.

  13. Baroo..OW!!!

  14. It’s like, how much more barooo could this be? And the answer is none. None more barooo.

  15. Haha, cheesybird. None more barooo. I love it. I suppose you measured this on the Baroo-meter? ;P

  16. This Burrowing Owl is upping the ante on the Barn Owl baroo:

    I count ten baroos (in both directions!) and a butt wriggle. So cute I can’t even. Argh.

  17. @24blackbirds – Love the video! It had me giggling like a little girl!

  18. YARLY!!!

  19. Uh, from the glossary: “Occasionally, animals which are not dogs have been known to have this cute-ism ascribed to them, but this is never appropriate. Dogs just have the face for it, plain & simple. Cats don’t. Fish don’t. Cockatiels? Please.”

    Is CO contradicting itself? Or maybe we can consider this owl a paradigm shifter.

    [Well, OK. Some of us might not parse the -isms quite the same. 🙄 Hard to be any kind of linguistic prescriptivist when half the time we’re just making s*** up. 😉 – Ed.]

  20. The hovertext made me giggle lots. That is, indeed, an epic baroo.

  21. burrowing owl – a whole website.
    i am barrooed. over.

  22. victoreia says:

    I’ve never been able to visualize a head turn like that before!

  23. Baroo to the nth degree. Splendiferous!

  24. Hey..Is anyone here watching Molly the barn owl and her babies??

  25. Baroo++

    [Hehe. A baroo which handles its own garbage collection? – Ed.]

  26. Beaut! Does Teresa H have a flickr profile?

  27. A 135 degree baroo!

    As a student pilot myself, this reminds me of :

    (It’s safe for work, but you need some basic knowledge of aircraft cockpit instruments to understand.)

  28. AuntieMame says:

    Barouch! (Wait, I think that’s a type of carriage, isn’t it?)

  29. @24blackbirds, burrowing owls are stinkin’ cute– they are just the size of beer cans!

  30. Poor owl just found out Theo is leaving!

    [ 😆 – Ed.]

  31. holy crap!

  32. Who says that cats can’t baroo? Two of mine have it down pat.. and it’s more of a ‘meroo?’ They can’t quite turn their heads that far though… ow. Pass the Advil.

  33. Ba-LindaBlair-roo!

  34. China's Mom says:

    @Tami – I live in San Marcos and I have been watching Molly and her babies since Pattison(#2) hatched! They are growing so fast and it is really wonderful to see how so many people really care about and get genuinly worried for Molly, McGee(daddy) and babies.
    If you love nature, owls etc… I cannot encourage you enough to check them out!

  35. For owl fans like me, here’s another cute, but non-baroo owl, that I just spotted in Flickr!

    On The Hunt

  36. misscrisp says:

    OK sorry for the rant…oddly it stopped making sewing machine noises at me. Anyway, here’s photographic evidence of a kitteh baroo! My boy Ruble:

  37. Hon Glad says:

    A room with a Baroo and you
    and no one to worry us, no one to hurry us to
    the view of Looe.

  38. @China’s Mom – Lucky you!! They are local celebrities, aren’t they??? I have to check in everyday. I have to tell you I was getting worried on the day Molly took some time off and was gone all day!! I’ve grown very fond of that owl family!! 🙂

  39. at first i was like what im supposed to look owwwwww that so cuteand me here only thinking that owls could move theyre heads in extreme angles from side to side lol

  40. @Tami – I submitted The Owl Box when it was just Molly hoping that it would get more viewers but Cute Overload never put it up 😦

  41. @Snowpea – sawwhets are so freaking adorable. My former coworkers got to band them in Nova Scotia and they all have photos of the sawwhets post-banding, sitting on their shoulders. So jealous!

  42. biscuithead says:

    Uber-baroo: when the head tilts beyond the point it should naturally be able to baroo.

  43. BStrange says:

    Baroo and a half! And what Timo said, too.

  44. cambridge_rat_mom says:

    Have you heard (or read) about Wesley the Barn Owl?

  45. i thought baroo also meant a sound when you’re sad. =(

    like baaarooooooooooooooo (extended baroo?)

  46. Elizabeth says:

    All us CO’ers need to get behind the fabulously educational and wildly entertaining saga of Molly and McGee the San Marcos barn owls, and their 4 precocious babies.
    I’m hooked.

  47. @ der: I tend to think of “baaarooooo” as a look and sound of saddness as well. Most days when I’m going to work, I walk past a house with a golden lab that lays on the front porch, tied up on it’s leash, and he always looks so sad… If no one is in earshot, I always greet him with a “baaarooo” when I walk past 🙂

  48. Oh my goodness gracious, that is about the funniest(& cutest) pic I’ve ever seen!And thank you for the edumacation & cleriffication of “Baroo”. I thought it was a dog thing, kind of between a bay & a howl.

  49. Paunchie says:

    “language prescriptivist”? (baroo?)

    [Ahem… an if ya gonna use da quotes, ya betta make shua ya quotin. 🙄 – Ed.]

  50. Paunchie says:

    Oh good gosh, an eye roll. Phooey.

  51. Flowerdog says:

    I would like one please! :]

  52. The Burrowing Owl link by 24blackbirds was pretty awesome, and while on YouTube I found another stupid, hilarious owl video