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by dimod
Sun Jan 28, 2007 10:51 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: railroad handcar
Replies: 8
Views: 3221

railroad handcar

In my home town we hold a bi-annual race in which hand-carts are raced along the dual railway line which bisects our town. The name used for these carts is "kalamazoo", but I am not sure why.
Photos and description at
http://www.visitcummins.com/kalamazoo/kalamazoo.htm
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by dimod
Wed Oct 25, 2006 1:50 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: to blue money
Replies: 20
Views: 9197

to blue money

I know the term 'blue your money', as a reasonably common but old-fashioned phrased used in this region of Australia and meaning to waste or lose your money, probably on gambling, drink and wild women! I can't find any other reference to it just now but it is something I remember my father saying. H...
by dimod
Mon Aug 14, 2006 1:37 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: to go nap on something
Replies: 7
Views: 5588

to go nap on something

I don't believe I have ever heard 'go nap on' used, in either sense, here in rural South Aussie.
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by dimod
Mon Feb 06, 2006 11:08 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: pretty ordinary
Replies: 11
Views: 7111

pretty ordinary

Thanks WoZ, for supporting my interpretation. I was beginning to think it was just in my own geographically challenged part of DownUnder that we used 'pretty ordinary' as a derogatory term. Chatting to a few locals, it has also occurred to me that actually, many people refer to anything 'not up to s...
by dimod
Sat Feb 04, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: pretty ordinary
Replies: 11
Views: 7111

pretty ordinary

Just to satisfy my own curiosity. Here in my part of Australia, 'pretty ordinary' is often used to describe something which is actually bad or terrible. (I was reminded when listening to a music cd which had a singer who was pretty ordinary!) Is this expression used anywhere else in the world, or is...
by dimod
Fri Nov 11, 2005 11:44 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Reapt or Reaped
Replies: 12
Views: 4037

Reapt or Reaped

Actually, here in South Aussie, reapt does rhyme with kept and leapt. Sorry. Thanks for all the input. To answer your question, Wiz, yes, but very distantly. Although my son believes the gene shows up everywhere. I am impressed that a New South Welshman is so conversant with aged Aussie Rules footba...
by dimod
Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:21 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Reapt or Reaped
Replies: 12
Views: 4037

Reapt or Reaped

After a short but intense discussion with my husband, I must now add that he believes it is just our particular brand of Australian accent that makes reaped sound like reapt.
He would also like to suggest to Jeff that in South Australia he would request a 'soft-drink'.
by dimod
Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:13 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Reapt or Reaped
Replies: 12
Views: 4037

Reapt or Reaped

Thanks for the answers. I have been helping a friend by proof-reading a family history and could not decide whether to correct or leave it as 'reapt'.
I think I agree with Jeff about the overgeneralization examples.
by dimod
Wed Nov 09, 2005 11:29 am
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Reapt or Reaped
Replies: 12
Views: 4037

Reapt or Reaped

In our rural community the word 'reapt' is often used orally as the past tense of reap, however I don't believe it is real word. The pronounciation for the more correct 'reaped' doesn't seem right either. Any answers would be appreciated.
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