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by Wizard of Oz
Sun Jan 23, 2022 2:14 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: A ferry
Replies: 13
Views: 10575

Re: A ferry

We used to have a vehicular ferry that crossed Newcastle harbour. This was a relatively short trip of about 15 minutes. Most people sat in their car and normally only the kids got out to have a look. It is interesting to note that in Newcastle we called this kind of marine vessel a punt . This disti...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun Jan 23, 2022 1:42 pm
Forum: Welcome to the Clubhouse
Topic: Closure of the Wordwizard site
Replies: 30
Views: 39526

Re: Closure of the Wordwizard site

Phil what sad news. Just a quick run through the names on this post brings a flood of memories. Erik, Edwin, BonnieL, trolley and my Welsh brother BobinWales. I think tony h was in my time but not sure about Laurent2022. So glad to see that we still have a resident ESL student checking his homework....
by Wizard of Oz
Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:33 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Temporary friend
Replies: 5
Views: 7363

Re: Temporary friend

Does aquaintance fit the bill? I often speak of having, acquaintances, friends and mates. The acquaintance is just that, a person who you have met briefly and had social intercourse with at say, a party or a workshop, but who you fully expect to never meet again.
by Wizard of Oz
Thu Jan 20, 2022 7:24 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "a lay down case"
Replies: 8
Views: 9547

Re: "a lay down case"

The Aussie take on this is our expression, He was so fat that is was a lay down misère that he wouldn't finish the race. An open or lay down misère, or misère ouvert is a 500 bid where the player is so sure of losing every trick that they undertake to do so with their cards placed face-up on the tab...
by Wizard of Oz
Thu Jan 20, 2022 6:38 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: the puppy of the dog
Replies: 6
Views: 6091

Re: the puppy of the dog

*singing in Aussie/French accent* The puppy of the dog Is the puppy that I'm holding (puppy that I'm holding) The puppy that I'm holding Is the puppy of my dog (puppy of my dog) Guess who's baaaack ?? Yep the Wizard from Downunder. And as you can see I have already made a valuable contribution to Na...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 2:51 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: tinfoil hat
Replies: 11
Views: 21787

Re: tinfoil hat

Even cat lovers believe. A foil hat will save him AND his cat.

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by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 2:31 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Water
Replies: 5
Views: 10605

Re: Water

Steve this photo is part of my heritage. It is the Corryvreckan Whirlpool off the coast of Scotland. My favourite Single Malt Scotch, made by Ardbeg is named after it. That is important heritage. http://www.todayifoundout.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/whirlpool.jpg WoZ in Aus Having a wee dram
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Bathroom device
Replies: 5
Views: 9741

Re: Bathroom device

Hi Steve. I see your thirst for English words has not died. I would add that squeegees come in a lot of sizes. Some are for personal use and then those for industrial use. Some have a brush attached so that you can clean the surface and then wipe off the water. A controversial use is people who acco...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 2:03 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Flash Language
Replies: 3
Views: 11170

Flash Language

Hi Wizards. Came across this slang dictionary about early convict slang in Aus. Thought it may prove to be amusing for some. A vocabulary of the flash language, published in 1819 contains a collection of words used here that were transported along with the convicts. Words like, lushy cove, mollisher...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 9:25 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Sideboards
Replies: 5
Views: 13413

Re: Sideboards

An interesting Aussie turn of phrase. When I worked at the silos we had a mate affectionately known as Louse Ladders. This described his sideburns perfectly.

WoZ in Aus
Razor in hand
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 9:10 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Pluck
Replies: 9
Views: 17242

Re: Pluck

Bob it is difficult to research a small lake on the other side of the world. Although my wife did say we could do a trip to gain local knowledge. Here are some ideas you may wish to consider. From a blog. Pluck Lake : The map was so different that it was barely recognizable, but I did eventually man...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 7:15 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: shine one's knuckles
Replies: 3
Views: 10107

Re: shine one's knuckles

Trolley there is the old gesture when one is confronted by knaves of a pugilistic character to close your striking fist and rub it in the palm of your other hand. This might be interpreted as the person "shining/polishing their knuckles".

WoZ in Aus
Taking off the gloves
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: epistemic closure
Replies: 6
Views: 13972

Re: epistemic closure

Trolley you were not far from the mark for I presumed that too. episiotomy (noun) a surgical cut made at the opening of the vagina during childbirth, to aid a difficult delivery and prevent rupture of tissues. Knowing this meaning I thought Ken was about to reveal a surgical side and sew it back tog...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 6:32 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: paraphernalia
Replies: 14
Views: 26827

Re: paraphernalia

Wizards might I, especially with permission from Bob, add my research into HIARETH . It has been suggested that the difference between the Welsh language and the English language boils down to the fact that Wales is a romantic land of bards, poets and seers, while English is spoken by accountants in...
by Wizard of Oz
Sun May 13, 2018 5:05 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: spoony
Replies: 13
Views: 23297

Re: spoony

Helo Bob. Rydych yn wir Caru Margaret. I bought a Love Spoon for you know who when I was in Wales. Yes it was ready made but I chose THAT one from all the different ones available.