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Thread #86816 Message #1618903
Posted By: The Walrus
02-Dec-05 - 06:51 PM
Thread Name: An 'Oranges & Lemons' flyting?
Subject: RE: An 'Oranges & Lemons' flyting?
Guest Joe F,
The custom of duelling with insults also existed in India at the turn of the 20th Century. Frank Richardson (of the 2nd Royal Welsh Fusiliers) records an incident* involving one of his comrades (known as "the prayer wallah") and an Indian trader. Apparently, the British soldiers knew it (or at least the language) as the "crab bat".
* In "Old Soldier Sahib" - his account of his time as a private in India before the Great War.