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#34032 - 06/28/01 11:49 PM What's brown and sounds like a bell?
Bingley Offline
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I thought other linguaphiles might appreciate this excerpt from Robertson Davies's "The Rebel Angels":

I walked on toward Ploughwright, thinking about faeces. What a lot we had found out about the prehistoric past from the study of fossilised dung of long-vanished animals. A miraculous thing, really; a recovery of the past from what was carelessly rejected. And in the Middle Ages, how concerned people who lived close to the world of nature were with the faeces of animals. And what a variety of names they had for them: the Crotels of a Hare, the Friants of a Boar, the Spraints of an Otter, the Werderobe of a Badger, the Waggying of a Fox, the Fumets of a Deer. Surely there might be some words for the material so near to the heart of Ozy Froats better than shit? What about the Problems of a President, the Backward Passes of a Footballer, the Deferrals of a Dean, the Odd Volumes of a Librarian, the Footnotes of a Ph.D., the Low Grades of a Freshman, the Anxieties of an Untenured Professor? As for myself, might it not be appropriately called the Collect for the Day?


Can we extend the list to other animals or occupations?


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#34033 - 06/29/01 12:44 AM Re: What's brown and sounds like a bell?
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here are some more real ones afore we get down in the trenches:
ornithocopros - bird excrement (guano)
frass - debris or excrement produced by insects
bodewash - buffalo chips (or cow chips)
coprolite - fossilized excrement




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#34034 - 06/29/01 06:30 AM Re: What's brown and sounds like a bell?
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This is a game I prefer to stay out of, but wwh has a wonderful story that would fit right in. Dr. Bill, if you didn't save it, I'll send it back so you can post it--no changes needed, as far as I'm concerned.


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#34035 - 06/29/01 08:35 AM Re: What's brown and sounds like a bell?
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How about the Off-fall of an Ox? That's why I would never consider eating offal.


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#34036 - 06/29/01 08:52 AM Re: What's brown and sounds like a bell?
Alex Williams Offline
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I shall refrain from any further scatalogical entries as Jackie still has me staying after school and writing on the blackboard "I will not be a pottymouth, I will not be a pottymouth..."

But I do want to ask: what is the "sounds like a bell" reference about?


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#34037 - 06/29/01 08:55 AM Re: What's brown and sounds like a bell?
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it's ejecta [ecch] from the riddle thread, undoubtedly.

dung!

-ron obvious


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#34038 - 06/29/01 10:32 AM Re: What's brown and sounds like a bell?
wwh Offline
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Perhaps "sounds like a bell" should be "rings like a bell" which could be rhyming slang for "stinks like hell".


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#34039 - 06/29/01 10:48 AM Re: What's brown and sounds like a bell?
rodward Offline
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the droppings of an English cricketer, obviously.
the fall out of a nuclear scientist
the .. no I'll stop right there
Rod


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#34040 - 06/29/01 11:11 AM Re: What's brown and sounds like a bell?
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As The Professor and the Madman pointed out-- dog= "pure"

In past years, before a "poop and scoop" law-- we always used to look out for glass on the street -- once a friend replied-- I don't see any glass-- but why didn't you warn me about the dog s***? D'oh!

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#34041 - 06/29/01 02:23 PM Re: What's brown and sounds like a bell?
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Sheep -- Dag (daggy?) from the song--

here we are in NSW, shearing sheep as big as whales,
with leather necks and daggy tails...

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