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by Liam - Galway
Sat Apr 18, 2009 9:58 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: "Last straw"/Clochandichter
Replies: 41
Views: 34533

Re: "Last straw"/Clochandichter

John, perhaps the term "Clochandichter" has an Irish connection, as is frequently the case between Scots & Irish. Cloch is the Irish for stone (clochan means stepping stones) and "dichur" means dismantling, which might apply to the term in question. btw, in Ireland "Deoch an Doras" is still in very ...
by Liam - Galway
Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:07 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Mother Tongue - Bill Bryson
Replies: 9
Views: 10478

Re: Mother Tongue - Bill Bryson

I agree it contained a number of errors & reckon it has been his poorest book but it would be a pity if it put anybody off reading the other Bryson books. They are generally very entertaining. Just on the issue of accuracy, I'd be very careful about relying on Irish Census information! - it is possi...
by Liam - Galway
Fri Jul 11, 2008 6:18 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: throw for a loop / knock for a loop / knocked for six
Replies: 13
Views: 10276

Re: throw for a loop / knock for a loop

Must correct these slurs on Irish cricketing prowess! As a life long fan of the game - well since the great West Indies team toured England in '76 - I have to remind you of the Irish attendance & performance at the last World Cup ( tho' sadly overshadowed by the death of Bob Woolmer) And Erik, I pre...
by Liam - Galway
Sun Apr 27, 2008 10:18 am
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: ** limericks
Replies: 28
Views: 13805

Re: ** limericks

Two more old ones to add to the collection... In the Garden of Eden, lay Adam Complacently stroking his Madam And loud was his mirth For he knew that on Earth There were only two balls, & he had 'em. The following is one of my all time favourites A whore by the name of Miss Hearst In the manners of ...
by Liam - Galway
Fri Apr 04, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: Oh, and have you read...?
Topic: Wodehouse - a life by Robert Mc Crum
Replies: 1
Views: 4947

Wodehouse - a life by Robert Mc Crum

Just finished reading this & thought it excellent. Gives a great understanding of how he approached his work and of his life in general. The account of his war time problems are particularly well covered. It also sent me back to re-read some of his work. I had forgotten how beautifully he wrote. Onl...
by Liam - Galway
Tue Mar 18, 2008 1:37 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Grand Slammin Wales !!
Replies: 7
Views: 4093

Re: Grand Slammin Wales !!

Bob, you're correct that the Catholic Church tried to bring forward St Paddy's day so the celebrations wouldn't clash with Easter - fortunately, the terms 'ban' & 'Catholic Church', of which we used to hear a great deal when I was growing up, no longer carry much influence here...
by Liam - Galway
Tue Mar 18, 2008 12:30 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: Grand Slammin Wales !!
Replies: 7
Views: 4093

Re: Grand Slammin Wales !!

Congrats Bob - I was one of those who thought Gatland was very badly treated by the IRFU. Wales really deserved it for the way they played & I hope he enjoyed it to the full. We'll just have to keep trying here for another 60 years but I suspect we've missed our chance & won't have as good a squad a...
by Liam - Galway
Mon Mar 10, 2008 7:36 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: True story for WoZ
Replies: 4
Views: 2792

Re: True story for WoZ

Bob, wonderful...
by Liam - Galway
Wed Mar 05, 2008 6:32 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: March 1st
Replies: 14
Views: 5297

Re: March 1st

Bob, of course we don't remember chucking anybody off a cliff - anything bad that ever happened in this country was clearly the fault of the English !
by Liam - Galway
Wed Mar 05, 2008 5:34 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: March 1st
Replies: 14
Views: 5297

Re: March 1st

Bob, loved the story of St Piran. Am no expert on religious matters but don't think he's widely known about in Ireland, which is surprising in view of our Catholic tradition & tendency to claim anybody as Irish, no matter how tenuous the connection. Just googled & only found 200 odd references to hi...
by Liam - Galway
Sat Mar 01, 2008 8:48 pm
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: March 1st
Replies: 14
Views: 5297

Re: March 1st

Bob, many happy returns of the day. Recently spend a few days up near Bangor & was very impressed with how friendly everybody was - just like Ireland used to be! The road signs & guessing how they might be pronounced was also a delight.

If St David's Day falls mid-week, is it a public holiday?
by Liam - Galway
Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:20 am
Forum: Addicts' Corner
Topic: The Language of Autism
Replies: 4
Views: 3036

Re: The Language of Autism

That was both enlightening & thought provoking - many thanks for posting it
by Liam - Galway
Fri Feb 29, 2008 9:32 pm
Forum: No, wait. Don't tell me
Topic: A Golf Story
Replies: 4
Views: 2834

Re: A Golf Story

In the unlikely event that anybody wants yet another golf joke. A man went into confession & confessed to having used the f word..That's ok said the priest, "3 Hail Mary's should do it." But the man said: " I need to explain why I used the f word" "Very well" sighed the priest, looking at his watch ...
by Liam - Galway
Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Conversational Noises
Replies: 20
Views: 11890

Conversational Noises

A bit off the point, but this posting reminded me of the great Victor Borge & his phoenetic punctuation routine. For anybody who never saw him perform this, would highly recommend checking it out. A version with Dean Martin is on Youtube ( apologies, but as somebody who struggles to find the on-off ...