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Thread #83096   Message #2955563
Posted By: Rob Naylor
31-Jul-10 - 03:41 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Wor Geordie's Lost His Penka
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Wor Geordie's Lost His Penka
Bagpuss: It seems I am in the minority. The one I know is "Geordie lost his liggie" (and he thought he lost it down the netty in this version).

That's the one I know, too.

Nev: I have always been of the unserstanding that Marbles are made of glass and a Penka is better described to non Goerdies as a large "metal" ball bearing.

I've always known a "penka" as a "plinka". They were, to me, large (triple size) ceramic marbles, often white but sometimes with colour swirls through them. A "liggie" was a normal sized glass marble with coloured swirls through it. A ball-bearing used as a marble, whatever size, was a "bolly". And the pure glass ones (often with a greenish cast, or with trapped air bubbles) liberated by vandalising the tops of old-fashioned "pop" bottles, and becoming increasingly rare even in my youth, were "alleys" or "glass alleys".