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Postby Tonyblack » Thu Aug 14, 2008 7:01 am

TheMole wrote:well, for one, I don´t know what is "Wagga Hay - It´s the Rye Grass" from the Last Continent supposed to mean - could somebody help? :wink:
I can't actually remember that bit - do you have the page or the context the sentence is used in? :?

I'm assuming it's something to do with Wagga Wagga a city in New South Wales and the fact that hay fever and asthma are common there mainly due to rye grass pollen. But I could be barking up the wrong gum tree here.

Maybe our Aussie friends here can help. :D
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Postby TheMole » Thu Aug 14, 2008 2:54 pm

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TheMole wrote:well, for one, I don´t know what is "Wagga Hay - It´s the Rye Grass" from the Last Continent supposed to mean - could somebody help? :wink:
I can't actually remember that bit - do you have the page or the context the sentence is used in? :?


oh, I´m sorry - it´s on p. 156 in my Corgi paperback:

Something similar had happened with the kangaroos. There were the pointy ears and they definitely had snouts, but now they were leaning on the bar drinking this thin, strange beer. One of them was wearing a stained vest with the legend 'Wagga Hay – it's the Rye Grass!' just visible under the dirt.
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Postby Dotsie » Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:01 pm

Can someone tell me what "Dear Jason unt so witer" means? It's the start of one of Nanny Ogg's postcards home in Witches Abroad. I think I got most of the references, but you never know!

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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:27 pm

Dotsie wrote:Can someone tell me what "Dear Jason unt so witer" means? It's the start of one of Nanny Ogg's postcards home in Witches Abroad. I think I got most of the references, but you never know!

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I've been trying to run it through a German translator, as I'm pretty sure it's Nanny trying her 'foreign' - trouble is Nanny doesn't spell too well. :lol:

The closest I can come to is "unt so weiter" which I think means "and so on" - which would sort of make sense - "Dear Jason and so on" as she is writing to everone back home.

Maybe LadyL can confirm this - or anyone here who sprechans de Deutch :lol:
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Postby TheMole » Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:53 pm

Yes, "Dear Jason and so on" or "Dear Jason and others".
If there are any more troubles with Nanny Ogg´s language, let us know :wink:
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Aug 17, 2008 6:57 pm

Thanks Mole! I really don't trust Babelfish with these things.
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Postby TheMole » Sun Aug 17, 2008 7:00 pm

:D when I had been reading "Witches Abroad" for the first time, I was looking forward to each new Nanny´s postcard...they are hilarious, I enjoyed them soo much :wink: !!
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Postby Dotsie » Mon Aug 18, 2008 8:50 am

Thanks Mole, that Nanny is a star isn't she? I especially liked the postcard telling how they'd been locked up - "I have put an X where we are, which is inside" :D
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Postby TheMole » Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:49 pm

:D I especially love the most NannyOggian bit of all - "Dear Jason and all at No. 21, No. 34, No. 15, No. 87 and No. 61 but not at No. 18 until she gives back the bowl she definitly borrowed whatever she says"
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Postby Tonyblack » Fri Aug 22, 2008 8:19 am

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TheMole wrote:well, for one, I don´t know what is "Wagga Hay - It´s the Rye Grass" from the Last Continent supposed to mean - could somebody help? :wink:
I can't actually remember that bit - do you have the page or the context the sentence is used in? :?


oh, I´m sorry - it´s on p. 156 in my Corgi paperback:

Something similar had happened with the kangaroos. There were the pointy ears and they definitely had snouts, but now they were leaning on the bar drinking this thin, strange beer. One of them was wearing a stained vest with the legend 'Wagga Hay – it's the Rye Grass!' just visible under the dirt.


I've been trying to find out more about this and asked on another forum. Thanks Demdike for this link about Ryegrass Staggers, a problem to cattle (and kangaroos) that feed off ryegrass that is infected with a fungus. I'm pretty sure this fungus is Ergot which can have a marked affect on both humans and animals when eaten. Some people now believe that cases of 'possession' and 'witchcraft' were actually cases of ergot poisoning and the victims were in fact 'high' rather than possessed. :)

The first link is to a NZ site, but both Wagga (Wagga) and Hay are towns in New South Wales, Australia and I can only assume they have had this problem there with apparently drunken kangas. :wink:
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Postby TheMole » Fri Aug 22, 2008 2:03 pm

:D thanks! well, as they say, one has still to learn...
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Postby TheMole » Sun Aug 24, 2008 8:32 am

by the way - what is the correct pronunciation of "Pratchett"?
I just want to be sure, if I´d meet him accidentally :wink:
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:09 am

Pratt (as in hat) - ch (as in chew) -ett (as in set)

Put it all together and it would rhyme with 'hachet'.

Hope that helps.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:14 am

Don't know if this will work from your country Mole - sometimes these BBC items will only work in the UK. HERE'S a recent interview with Terry on video where the interviewer uses his name right at the start. :)


Edit to capitalise the C in BBC.
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Postby TheMole » Sun Aug 24, 2008 12:11 pm

Thanks so much - and by the way, the video works all right :wink:
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