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by Tony Farg
Mon Nov 29, 2010 1:35 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: So, a peer you say
Replies: 8
Views: 2082

Re: So, a peer you say

Cohabitation has always been the solace of the destitute, or so I've been told.

[p.s.I've been too busy to visit the wizard for a long, long time, and its good to see nothing much has changed.]
by Tony Farg
Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:42 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Happy New Year
Replies: 4
Views: 1823

Re: Happy New Year

Hefyd i ti!
by Tony Farg
Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:11 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Words spoken before eating
Replies: 13
Views: 2348

Re: Words spoken before eating

I've heard it said that the customary starting gun in Yorkshire is "gerritet".
by Tony Farg
Mon Dec 28, 2009 7:07 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: The BBC's use of quotation marks
Replies: 27
Views: 12942

Re: The BBC's use of quotation marks

Edwin. I got your joke. Being in the antipodes his comas would be, wouldn't they?
by Tony Farg
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:49 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: Hallowe'en / Halloween
Replies: 20
Views: 2260

Re: Hallowe'en / Halloween

And then there was "mischief night" which as I recall, was the night before bonfire night, when certain youngsters used to go out and, for example, remove people's gates or put trip wires across the gateways etc.
Never got allowed out, myself, honest.
by Tony Farg
Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:45 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: How many minutes?
Replies: 13
Views: 1195

Re: How many minutes?

Just to add, I think usage in the UK now is just "mobile" alone, or sometimes "phone" alone...the implication being that a real phone is a mobile, and landlines are something from the past.
by Tony Farg
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:52 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: I just remembered that
Replies: 3
Views: 1080

Re: I just remembered that

I really don't like "you got it"
Try "OK" or "fine" or "okey doke" if you must
by Tony Farg
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:50 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Tha blacksmith
Replies: 0
Views: 1401

Tha blacksmith

A man applies for a job as a blacksmith.
"have you ever shoed a horse" he is asked.
"well, no," he replies, "but I once told a pig to piss off"
by Tony Farg
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:48 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: Piano - from the Goons
Replies: 3
Views: 1681

Re: Piano - from the Goons

speaking of musical jokes, ther are a number which are recirculated and you can substitute Drummer, Viola player or Brass player depending which you are not. Some, however, are specific, like the first: 1) How do you tell if the stage is level? The drummer drools out of both sides of his mouth. 2) V...
by Tony Farg
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:32 pm
Forum: Word Games and Challenges
Topic: Season's Greetings
Replies: 4
Views: 4590

Re: Season's Greetings

Got our first card yesterday. Maybe they posted early because of the strikes?
by Tony Farg
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:15 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: wingnut [wing nut / wing-nut]
Replies: 7
Views: 1772

Re: wingnut [wing nut / wing-nut]

Gosh, I'd never heard of the word as anything other than the fixing device. I shall adopt it immediately!
by Tony Farg
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: In/on the streets
Replies: 7
Views: 1360

Re: In/on the streets

Indeed, hey is for horses, and is inappropriate almost everywhere in British English.
by Tony Farg
Thu Oct 29, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: It's drizzling
Replies: 9
Views: 2273

Re: It's drizzling

here, when it is coming down in sheets, we usually add "but it is brightening up over there". Which reminds me that when we first came to Wales, our neighbour pointed out that if you cannot see across the valley, it is raining, but if you can, it is going to rain. We also use the services of the RAF...
by Tony Farg
Wed Mar 11, 2009 8:35 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Formal/Informal Terms of Address
Replies: 53
Views: 7097

Re: Formal/Informal Terms of Address

Just thought I'd join in and say that as a fellow (ex) northerner, my mother's sister is definitely my "ant", and when I listen to myself saying "aren't" it has definitely got more of an "r" in it than when I imagine a southerner saying "aunt" and also I would only ever say "ain't" if I were imitati...
by Tony Farg
Sun Mar 08, 2009 4:42 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Inaugurate / Augur / August and Fortunetellers
Replies: 15
Views: 3582

Re: Inaugurate / Augur / August and Fortunetellers

Sorry, Phil, I really wouldn't know where to start. There were so many interesting posts before I had time to look at this thread that from my amateur position I had little to add but a bad pun.
Didn't mean to screw it up.