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Anne Neilson Folklore: Childhood words for truanting? (94* d) RE: Folklore: Childhood words for truanting? 03 Apr 11

@Guest,Thomas -- you mentioned a couple of posts ago that 'chickenelli' was a Scottish east coast word for the door-banging game.
In the Glasgow area in the 50's, 'chickie mellie' was a game played to annoy hoseholders in the winter when it was dark: a long piece of black thread had a button tied to one end and a drawing pin about 6-8" along it, for attaching to the wooden cross-piece of a sash window; the perpetrators then retreated a distance (round a corner or behind a bush) and carefully pulled the long end of the thread till the button tapped on the window in a very irritating way, causing the householder to pull open the curtains and peer out into the dark -- not likely to notice the button dangling at the side of the window.

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