The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #117836   Message #2541808
Posted By: Joe_F
17-Jan-09 - 08:32 PM
Thread Name: Origins/Info: Tail Toddle
Subject: RE: Tail Toddle
Of the five nouns spelled "riddle" in the OED, the one that means a coarse sieve seems the most likely. It doesn't mention a coal riddle specifically, tho.

Gi'ed means gave. Gae usually means go, but in the context it has to mean gave; the OED gives both meanings.