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Thread #162422   Message #3865697
Posted By: Mr Red
12-Jul-17 - 02:56 AM
Thread Name: Folklore: thatcher's language (roofing)
Subject: RE: Folklore: thatcher's language (roofing)
In NZ I was told that the accent was often referred to as South British - in SA Oz & NZ etc the "South British Insurance Company" thrived hence the term. And in Oz & NZ they refer to the mucky bits of a sheep's fleece (rear) as dag and removing them as dagging which is also used by British farmers if my GF is typical.

And when I was a kid I was dragged along to visit a hospital worker and their large washing machine was called a sluicer and was told "because it sluices !!!".
I recorded a local lady who referred to the spin dryer in a commercial laundry (1940s) as a hydro.

Another recording has a man referring to shoe repair as snobbing which has a pretty wide currency, another(local) man said that they called a last (shoe repair foot/feet) as a snob. When I was a kid our plimsolls we called pumps (very flimsy sports shoes) but locally they call them daps - this man talking of corporal punishment etc