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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #750 on: June 13, 2018, 02:43:45 AM »
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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #751 on: June 13, 2018, 11:01:47 AM »
The Scaffy Van, that's what I'd call a bin lorry. But it took considering this question just now to make me realise that ithis derives from "Scavenger".

Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #752 on: June 13, 2018, 12:41:23 PM »
Darren's House. Where Darren is of course, replaced by the name of a dear friend.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #753 on: June 13, 2018, 01:31:32 PM »
We used to have milk floats. There's a great word: milk float. That milk float, it lighter than air, it bump you up like a balloon. I'm riding the milk float tonight. Naked.
The name comes from the original horse-drawn 2-wheeled carts, which had large wheels that allowed them to 'float' over bumps.

It was bin-wagon (or 'the binnies') in Liverpool, almost always with an old teddy bear lashed to the radiator grille of the Dennis-Eagle Phoenix, or later the SAM (Seddon Atkinson Municipals) Colectomatic (my uncle was a 'binnie' when I was a kid, and in the school holidays I would go on cab rides with his crew).

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #754 on: June 14, 2018, 05:54:03 AM »
They say "bin lorry" now. They say "the bin lorry is coming". I was reading a Richard Scarry book with my son and there is the "garbage truck" and of course I say "that's not the right word, though, it's..." then my mind was a millpond without a ripple of recollection. I spoke to several people back home about "what do they call garbage trucks", and recieved lots of different answers, "the bins", "the dustcunts", "take-my-filth-away lorry", "rubbish truck", and finally we all settled on "bin lorry". I wonder what I used to say when I lived in the UK, "the bin men are coming" prbably.
"Bin Lorry" and "Garbage Truck" are both beautifully blunt.
Good job humans.

Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #755 on: June 14, 2018, 06:05:30 AM »
"Bin lorry" just sounds so prosaic. Yeah yeah I s'pose it's a lorry, right, and it picks up the bins, yeah, bin lorry then.  Can't it be something better? Something like the FILTH COMET is coming. or the MUCK SHUTTLE. The SO SOLID WASTE CREW are coming! Get them fucking bins out to the pavement!

'Bin lorry' is absolutely beautiful

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #756 on: June 14, 2018, 06:31:10 AM »
A host

A hostage

That's a good one. Never realised. But then hostage now has a more cynical meaning than it already had; it implies the hostage taker is being a host, which has connotations of civility and class. And also implies the hostage is a guest.

Perhaps the first person to say hostage was a bit of a psycho and it took a while for people to understand them.

"He's being held hostage."
"What?"
"He's being held against his will by his host."
"Sounds like a cunt rather than a host."

Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #757 on: June 14, 2018, 06:41:48 AM »
According to my dictionary, the words are unrelated.

Host: OFr hoste, from L hospes, hospitis

Hostage: OFr hostage (Fr ôtage), from L obses, obsidis a hostage

Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #758 on: June 14, 2018, 10:08:45 AM »
I don't know if I've only just realized this or just never throught about it before.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #759 on: June 15, 2018, 12:24:55 PM »
On Facebook if you click the 'Edited' link under a comment you can see all the previous versions. Nice glimpse into the way people's minds work.

Going to start hiding some messages in my edit lists, I think.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #760 on: June 15, 2018, 12:56:47 PM »
On Facebook if you click the 'Edited' link under a comment you can see all the previous versions. Nice glimpse into the way people's minds work.

Going to start hiding some messages in my edit lists, I think.

Seriously?! Oh fuck...

Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #761 on: June 15, 2018, 01:53:27 PM »
For many years, possibly decades, I used to idly wonder why Scottish football games played on a Saturday routinely ended before English ones (Scottish final scores inevitably appearing first on the vidiprinters). I think, in the end, I managed to convince myself it must be something to do with time zones or daylight saving or possibly even relativity. The very nature of time itself was the issue.

Turns out Scotland only allow 10 minutes at half time.   


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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #762 on: June 15, 2018, 05:10:22 PM »
thank you for solving that mystery !

i remember when it was an actual teleprinter. highlight of my saturday afternoon that was if there was no basil brush or doctor who on. couldnt give a fuck about the actual football results, just give me more of that classic clacking computery goodness

for our youngermost of our readers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MafIUHxy48o&t=27s

although that clip predates even me .... seems to be no teleprinter footage between 1963 and the vidi version in the late 80's. mine was the 1970's colour split-screen version.

btw if you are a nerd i found an interesting account of the development of the late 80's vidiprinter here by the man who did it

https://forums.digitalspy.com/discussion/comment/37704131#Comment_37704131

(love the bit about stereo !)

and if you arent a nerd then it also contains details of the sad but true fate of PoshPaws the Swapshop dinosaur

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #763 on: June 15, 2018, 06:09:29 PM »
For many years, possibly decades, I used to idly wonder why Scottish football games played on a Saturday routinely ended before English ones (Scottish final scores inevitably appearing first on the vidiprinters). I think, in the end, I managed to convince myself it must be something to do with time zones or daylight saving or possibly even relativity. The very nature of time itself was the issue.

Turns out Scotland only allow 10 minutes at half time.   



Bloody hell! Thank you for blowing my mind! I've been watching the football results come in on a Saturday afternoon for about as long as I can remember, and never figured it out.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #764 on: June 15, 2018, 07:22:56 PM »
I remember watching the teleprinter in the late 70's waiting for whatever kids show was on next.  Didn't it make a satisfying bibbidy-bibbidy noise while it was printing?  And I seem to remember when the score was more than the average number of goals they'd also print the number in words as well, like "WEST HAM 1 - CHELSEA 9 (NINE)", which just looked like they were rubbing it in.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #765 on: June 15, 2018, 09:29:29 PM »
grrr

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #766 on: June 21, 2018, 02:21:46 PM »
Any old iron,
Any old iron,
Any any any old iron

Dressed in style, brand new tile
And your father's old green tie on.

Where 'tile' means hat, presumably because it goes on your roof.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #767 on: June 21, 2018, 02:28:58 PM »
Are you doing the guardian crossword because I was trying to work out why 'hat' = 'tile' and this has just reminded me about it.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #768 on: June 21, 2018, 03:09:50 PM »
Are you doing the guardian crossword because I was trying to work out why 'hat' = 'tile' and this has just reminded me about it.

Yep. Pretty bad attempt at the crossword for me. Didn't understand boar, for example.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #769 on: June 21, 2018, 03:13:39 PM »
Spoiler alert! Hadn't got to that one.

But: 'Supporter of games above' = Chess and Ludo = BOARD, 'Brief' = BOAR

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #770 on: June 21, 2018, 03:19:06 PM »
The Guardian crossword sounds absolutely baffling

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #771 on: June 21, 2018, 03:20:35 PM »
Ah yes. Anyway, today's attempt was calamitous so I'm in a sulk.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #772 on: June 21, 2018, 08:02:47 PM »
OK, one for the "Obvious things" thread - I just finally decided to look up Chicken In A Basket. I've always wondered what it was and why it's served specifically in a basket.

In my defence, I did spend most of the 1970s abroad.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #773 on: June 22, 2018, 04:08:51 AM »
Tori is short for Victoria.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #774 on: June 22, 2018, 04:10:28 AM »
“Jesus” backwards is “sausage”.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #775 on: June 22, 2018, 05:37:59 AM »
Tori is short for Victoria.

Vic? Tori? Ahh!

Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #776 on: June 22, 2018, 06:33:30 AM »
Referencing previous posts.
Horse Boxes here in Oz are called Horse Floats(as in Milk)
Bin Lorries are called Garbos (as in garbage not Garbo)
Lorry (as in truck) is only ever used in the UK, I think.

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #777 on: June 22, 2018, 08:25:45 AM »
'Boxfresh' = as fresh as when it came out the box

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« Reply #778 on: June 22, 2018, 08:58:34 AM »
What if it wasn't fresh when it was put into the box?

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Re: Obvious things you've only just realised (2018 Thread )
« Reply #779 on: June 22, 2018, 09:00:57 AM »
What if went mouldy between being put in the box and being taken out of the box?


Hardly any boxes inspire me to think of freshness, at all.