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Bonnie Birdie

Susan of DT 02 Jun 13 - 08:29 AM
DMcG 02 Jun 13 - 08:42 AM
DMcG 02 Jun 13 - 08:54 AM
Susan of DT 02 Jun 13 - 09:58 AM
Mick Pearce (MCP) 02 Jun 13 - 10:11 AM
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Subject: Bonnie Birdie
From: Susan of DT
Date: 02 Jun 13 - 08:29 AM

In Child #82, Bonnie Birdie, what is she beating the bird with?

An ga her a little wee simmer-dale wanny,
        To ding me sindle and saft.

And got her a little something to hit me something and something. Is wanny a wand?


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Subject: RE: Bonnie Birdie
From: DMcG
Date: 02 Jun 13 - 08:42 AM

That's how I have always understood the line. 'ding me Sindle and saft' is, broadly speaking, tease me playfully.


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Subject: RE: Bonnie Birdie
From: DMcG
Date: 02 Jun 13 - 08:54 AM

Glad you asked: I've just checked the Oxford English Dictionary (1928 edition) as I know 'ding' usually means to hit or strike. 'Sindle' is listed as a variant of sendle, which means seldom. So it seems to mean something like 'discipline me seldom and gently'. This contrasts with the later line where she dings the bird 'sair an aft' (sorely and often).


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Subject: RE: Bonnie Birdie
From: Susan of DT
Date: 02 Jun 13 - 09:58 AM

thanx.
What is the simmer-dale wanny?


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Subject: RE: Bonnie Birdie
From: Mick Pearce (MCP)
Date: 02 Jun 13 - 10:11 AM

Susan

Child comes with a glossary, you know, in the last volume. All the words you ask about are listed.

Child gives wanny as: small wand, rod and sindle as DMcG says meaning seldom and ding as to beat or knock.

Mick


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