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#12349 - 12/17/00 09:34 PM Re: crowd noise
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>Hmmmm, I seem to recall someone in a previous thread saying that the extras usually said Rhubarb Rhubarb Rhubard.

yup, that was *this thread, with several variations, many moons ago. : )


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#12350 - 12/18/00 12:00 AM Re: crowd noise
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In reply to:

wallah is a parsee(?) term for 'by occupation'


The Parsees are a religious grouping rather than a linguistic one. They are the last remnants of the religion revealed to the human race by Zoroaster at(according to who you believe) the end of the 2nd millennium BCE or in the first half of the 1st millennium BCE. (Fortunately whether millennia begin or end in the year ending 00 is irrelevant here.) In a later form, which spread throughout the Roman Empire, it is called Mithraism, and the birthday of Mithras (as the Sun in one of his manifestations) was celebrated on Dec. 25th, hence the timing of our jollifications next week. After the fall of the Sassanid empire, some Persians fled to India where they preserved the old beliefs and the scriptures in Avestan, but for every day purposes use the language of their neighbours.

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#12351 - 12/18/00 12:58 AM Re: crowd noise
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Bingley said: The Parsees are a religious grouping rather than a linguistic one

I thought that was the case, which is why the question mark. The reason I "guessed" Parsee was that I read a book by a Parsee woman called Bhapsi Sidhwa a number of years ago which took a long, hard and humorous look at being a Parsee - without explaining exactly what a Parsee is. Her chief character was Freddy Faredoon Junglewallah (amazing memory for the important things, don't I? Not.). Almost all of the males in the book had -wallah as part of their name. Could have been tongue in cheek, as most of the book was.

Anyway, in retrospect I prefer the Oz connection. Come in, ringer!

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#12352 - 12/18/00 05:18 AM Re: walla walla
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CapK: Indeed, there is an Aussie town called Walla Walla; it's in New South Wales and its postcode is 2659. In fact it must be close to Wagga Wagga which has a 2650 postcode and the Waugh brothers [non-cricketers, disregard].


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#12353 - 12/18/00 06:28 AM Re: walla walla
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paulb responds: CapK: Indeed, there is an Aussie town called Walla Walla; it's in New South Wales and its postcode is 2659. In fact it must be close to Wagga Wagga which has a 2650 postcode and the Waugh brothers [non-cricketers, disregard].

Well, from a purely parochial perspective, have the place razed while they are visiting their folks. Please.

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#12354 - 12/18/00 01:43 PM Re: walla walla wash
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Ongoing discussion of towns named Walla Walla.

The Walla Walla, Wash mentioned in the Christmas lyrics thread (http://wordsmith.org/board/showthreaded.pl?Cat=&Board=wordplay&Number=11017&page=0&view=expanded&sb=5) is a city in the state of Washington, USA. Walla Walla is a Native American name for "many rivers."


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#12355 - 12/18/00 02:47 PM Re: walla walla onions
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and is famous for onions-- almost as good as vadalias-- and later in the season..

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#12356 - 12/18/00 04:32 PM Re: walla walla wash
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Walla, Walla

Yes, Walla Walla is a city in Washington south of Spokane near the Oregon border. It's probably most famous for being used by Daffy Duck in the name of his sales company.


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#12357 - 12/19/00 03:04 AM Re: walla walla wash
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And I had always thought, 'til now, that "Walla, walla . . ." were the opening words of that grand old Tommy Steele song, "Singin' the blues."



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#12358 - 12/19/00 05:14 AM Re: walla walla wash
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Thanks, Faldage. Perhaps Wagga Wagga is the town of "many runs", eh, Capk? 13 on the trot, now [non-cricketers, disregard]


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