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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby hnorwood » Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:27 pm

wicked woman wrote:I've learned that it's snap because it's in a snap-tin. I always thought it was the other way round. 60 years I've had that wrong. :oops: (Snap is a workmans packed lunch.)


Local(ish) words for things are a fertile ground... There's "Bait" well, it's pronounced like that but I think it must be spelled "bite" as it also means a workman's packed lunch.

I had a moment of confusion a while ago when I stopped at a cafe somewhere in the Nottinghamshire area, asked for a bacon sandwich and was asked if I wanted it in a cob.
Now, where I grew up a cob was a crusty bread roll - not what I would have initially expected a bacon butty to be in; then the waitress showed me a soft-crust bread bun - what's called a breadcake in Yorkshire (where I now live)
... and don't get me started on buns....
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Sister Jennifer » Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:31 pm

Well that's buns for you, a lot of old wank.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby mirandashell » Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:45 pm

I was feeling hungry until you said that.......
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Sister Jennifer » Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:48 pm

Ha!
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sat Jun 14, 2014 6:50 pm

That's a short laugh SJen. :lol:
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby raptornx01 » Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:24 am

heh. here an ear of corn (ie, corn that isn't just in a can or bag) is called Corn on the cob.

also heard cob as a chicken or some such fowl.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby chillicamper » Sun Jun 15, 2014 6:40 am

Or you can have a Cobb.


Which is a camping BBQ type thing that can roast, bake, fry grill or smoke anything from burgers to pizzas.

http://www.cobb-bbq.co.uk/
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Ghost » Sun Jun 15, 2014 7:37 am

Ooh you cheeky little sea winkle
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Quatermass » Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:36 am

Courtesy of QI, I learned that in the 1930s, an airport was potentially going to be built on top of King's Cross Station. :shock:
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby wicked woman » Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:41 am

Quatermass wrote:Courtesy of QI, I learned that in the 1930s, an airport was potentially going to be built on top of King's Cross Station. :shock:

:roll: Sounds like a daft idea.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby chillicamper » Sun Jun 15, 2014 9:10 am



I had a horse called Cobby many years ago. He had been used at a riding stables and they couldn't think of a name for him, so he just got called cob. My sister and i called him Cobby and his show name became Master Cobbett after William Cobbett.

He was an Irish cob and the most gentle trusting horse I've ever know. Here's a very old pic of my sister jumping him (around 1988 - 1990ish)

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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Quatermass » Sun Jun 15, 2014 10:02 am

wicked woman wrote:
Quatermass wrote:Courtesy of QI, I learned that in the 1930s, an airport was potentially going to be built on top of King's Cross Station. :shock:

:roll: Sounds like a daft idea.


Less daft than you'd think. This was back in the time of prop aeroplanes compared to big jet planes. The planes were thus smaller and thus lighter. This was actually on an episode of QI. Quoted from the Wikipedia page for the episode (Kings)...

In 1931, with sudden levels of optimism and pride in machinery, the plans were drawn up for an eight-pronged wagon wheel-shaped runway on the roof of the station complete with lifts to take aircraft up and down to hangars. Jet aircraft may have rendered the design unusable as they would require a much larger runway and a remote location due to the noise levels.
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Tonyblack » Sun Jun 15, 2014 12:52 pm

The invention of the helicopter pretty much put paid to this idea as well. :)
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby Catch-up » Wed Jun 18, 2014 12:27 am

Chilli, love the picture of your sister and Cobby. :D
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Re: You Learn Something New Every Day...

Postby raptornx01 » Thu Jul 03, 2014 11:04 pm

I learned King Abdullah of Jordan was an extra in an ep on Star Trek voyager.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kmut6FJ1d4M
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