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#2621 - 05/18/00 04:42 PM look out!
tsuwm Offline
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the weekly worthless word is: gardyloo

proposed: the word gardyloo, now fallen into desuetude, shall be
resurrected and required as a warning cry whenever a congressman
is about to put voice to a declamation within the Hallowed Halls
of Congress [or substitute 'minister' and 'Parliament']

gardyloo - used in Edinburgh, in the days when chamber pots were in common
use, as a warning cry when throwing slops from the windows into the streets;
[perhaps from French garde a l'eau - look out for the water; also possibly
the source of the word loo]


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#2622 - 05/19/00 04:15 AM Re: look out!
jmh Offline
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Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
Of course we still do that in Edinburgh!


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#2623 - 05/20/00 07:56 AM Re: look out!
paulb Offline
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Registered: 03/17/00
Posts: 460
Loc: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Brewer has a wonderful citation from Smollett’s ‘Humphry Clinker’:

"At ten o’clock at night the whole cargo of the chamber utensils is flung out of a back window that looks into some street or lane, and the maid calls "Gardy loo" to the passengers."

Smollett doesn’t record any response from the ‘passengers’.

A great way to start the day (see the ‘se’nnight’ post)



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#2624 - 05/21/00 12:10 AM Re: look out!
Jackie Offline

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Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
Is it possible? Do I dare? I tremblingly submit to the
Supreme one a tentative, uncertain correction: 'garde' is
the French word used for the singular You. 'Gardez' goes
with the plural You, which is much more likely to have
been called down to a street full of people.
Gardez probably descended to gardy.

Incidentally--I just saw and tried "that markup thang"
(hi, Anna) and couldn't figger it out--will keep tryin'.


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#2625 - 05/21/00 12:43 AM Re: garde vs. gardez
tsuwm Offline
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Jackie, I actually have to say that I'm sure I really just don't know.

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#2626 - 05/26/00 08:11 AM Re: Edinburgh-ness
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Loc: Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Jmh:

I came across this passage today in Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s end, set around the period of World War I:

"There was in Edinburgh a society … where the ladies are all great ladies in tall drawing-rooms; circumspect yet shrewd; still yet with a sense of the comic; frugal yet warmly hospitable. It was perhaps just Edinburgh-ness … "



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#2627 - 05/26/00 08:30 AM Re: Edinburgh-ness
jmh Offline
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Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
I don't know the quote but Edinburgh (in particular Morningside, where I live) is well known for its ladies. Well dressed, shrewd ladies who know the correct way to pour a cup of tea and know the right way to serve shortbread with precisely the right kind of doily. Cross them if you dare!


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