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As a Northumbrian a part that is within a Midgy's nif naf is good enough most of the time.
|Martin Kyte||14/09/2017 08:48:49|
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The inspection department wish to know which species of gnat ?
|Fowlers Fury||14/09/2017 10:41:45|
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"The inspection department wish to know which species of gnat ?"
How typical of 'em
Perhaps you could refer the department to that incontrovertible source of all wisdom - Wikipedia - which states "Gnat is a loose descriptive category rather than a phylogenetic or other technical term, so there is no scientific consensus on what constitutes a gnat."
The corollary of which, one must presume, is that there is no scientific consensus of what constitutes a gnat's cock.
Ah well, back to the calipers and slide rule.....................
|Michael Gilligan||14/09/2017 10:53:40|
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|Brian G||14/09/2017 12:59:03|
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As long as the quality manager can produce certification showing that the gnat's cock can be traced back to the International Standard Gnat at the BIPM I don't have a problem - I am no longer a quality manager
Incidentally, is the expression "made a right cod's of that" local to Kent or nationwide?
|Mick B1||14/09/2017 15:10:50|
|261 forum posts|
Which is why its conversion factor to some verifiable UoM makes it useful in assessment of a workshop's or section's approximate standard of precision.
Long may it remain so, and attempts to fix it should be energetically resisted...
|Cornish Jack||14/09/2017 15:59:56|
|681 forum posts|
Is 'cod's' not a diminutive of 'codswallop' ? ... known as far afield as Kernow -as we 'Janners' call it.
Personally, my measure of accuracy derives from 35+ years of Auntie Betty's Flying Club - "Close enough for Government work"
|120 forum posts|
Having just returned from taking my daughter to university the people in the Premier Inn we were staying in and the Beefeater next door (excellent steaks by the way) were really confused by my Jersey accent and the fact that I also throw in Jerrriais and French while I speak, just the way it is. As it happened a lot of the staff were were uni students just about to to go back to their respective studies and found it quite interesting to chat about it.
Edited By HasBean on 14/09/2017 18:39:28
Edited By HasBean on 14/09/2017 18:40:13
|Andrew Tinsley||14/09/2017 18:43:29|
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Strange I never heard the expression scunt. However I lived about 3 miles from Cradley Heath and I could not understand the locals there!
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perhaps this would have helped his recognition but not much use to anyone here using the most precise units of measurement !
|68 forum posts|
My late father who was raised in Motherwell had quite a few descriptive phrases in his vocabulary that originated from the work that he and his father did in the Lanarkshire Mills in the 1920s. Eg. if the materials at hand for a particular job were of a poor quality he would refer to the inferior materials as being a poor scantling of....
His name for an awl was a mennie.
Some of the more colourful descriptions he bought back with him were of people he met. Among those were descriptions of people who had : a nose like a gimlet, shoulders like a lemonade bottle, or a face that would turn a funeral.
Then the PC cops arrived and we all got to speak real proper.
|Nick Hulme||16/09/2017 20:19:26|
|422 forum posts|
I always liked the term for a loose fit - "Worm in a Bucket"
|Chris Evans 6||16/09/2017 20:47:41|
|1072 forum posts|
"Loose fit" working with a succession of Black Country lads that would be a "Cock in a Sock"
|Andy Holdaway||16/09/2017 21:12:43|
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The only time I heard the word scunt was by a Worcester boat builder to denote something not properly aligned, or "on the pi$$".
Andrew Tinsley - I worked in Cradley Heath for a number of years, and found the only way to understand shopkeepers was to carefully monitor the facial expression. It didn't always work!
|Neil Wyatt||17/09/2017 09:58:12|
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I got pretty good at unnerstannin' Black Country talk, but there's a huge variation in accents across the area.
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"On the scunt" was common enough usage in the factories around Smethwick when I was a young man.
In similar vein we had "rough as a bear's a**e", and "sticking out like a bulldog's b******s". An easy sliding fit was "Like the skin orf a donkey's d**k".
I did say we were common!
Edited By Eugene on 17/09/2017 11:53:02
|Stuart Bridger||17/09/2017 12:21:03|
|212 forum posts|
Another term for a loose fit. "rattling around like a wotsit in a shirtsleeve"
|Andrew Tinsley||17/09/2017 12:52:01|
|628 forum posts|
Thank goodness I was not the only one who could not understand the Cradley Heath dialect. I believe that a lot of it was in fact old English, according to a Birmingham University philologist who published at least one paper on the dialect.
A common phrase for someone from Cradley Heath was "Strong in the arm and weak in the head". I think this was because the community was rather enclosed and probably interbred. Quite why this was so, is a bit of a mystery, but it would explain the incomprehensible dialect!
I too lived in Smethwick, so I am amazed that I never heard the term "scunt". Maybe something to do with me going to grammar school and "lernin' to talk and spel proper!".
Apologies to anyone hailing from Cradley Heath. No disrespect to you, just quoyting some widely held views from the Black Country!
Strange, but I can no longer do a proper Black Country accent. However I can do a Birmingham accent, which is very different. I am rather sad that my native dialect and accent elude me. I do like the regional differences in speech and am somewhat ashamed that I now speak BBC English.
Edited By Andrew Tinsley on 17/09/2017 12:53:26
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Together with the regional accents!
Geoff - Foot 99% healed by the feel of it!
|Brian Wood||17/09/2017 13:52:44|
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Two Derbyshire expressions I learned to live with were:-
'' Strong in't arm and wake in't 'ead" which is a corruption of the expression used at Cradley Heath
The other was " Nowt a pound and bump in weight " to describe a real dummy, the reference to scales being obvious
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