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#76195 - 07/16/02 08:22 PM Purling  
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was in the news today, 'a purling river.' I thought it lovely.


#76196 - 07/16/02 08:52 PM Re: Purling  
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A pleasant sounding word. And the turbulence that causes it may help water
purify itself.


#76197 - 07/17/02 07:18 AM Re: Purling  
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However, Jeeves informs me that, "Purling is a record label for experimental music of an organic and electroacoustic nature - - "


something of a far cry from the sounds I associate with the word!

I also find (from M-W) that to "purl" is to embroider with gold or silver thread.

#76198 - 07/17/02 09:40 AM Re: Purling  
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and there was me thinking this post would be all about knitting...

How wrong can you be - I like the sounds idea much better (although I'm unsure about the electroacoustic bit!)


#76199 - 07/17/02 09:56 AM Re: Purling  
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I think it's lovely, too, inselp.

I checked MW online and found that it's not only lovely, but also standard:

Main Entry: 3purl
Function: noun
Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian purla to ripple
Date: circa 1522
1 : a purling or swirling stream or rill
2 : a gentle murmur or movement (as of purling water)


Now, does this mean my total working vocabularly just increased by one or two?

Book regards,
WordWaters


#76200 - 07/17/02 11:35 AM Re: Purling  
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Either way, you can add them to your other pearls of wisdom.


#76201 - 07/17/02 01:15 PM Re: Purling  
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Either way, you can add them to your other pearls of wisdom.

My Rhubarb, you do turn a phrase.


#76202 - 07/17/02 09:59 PM Re: Purling  
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My Concise OED at home has two further meanings for "purl":

1.
v. - turn upside down or upset;
n. - a heavy fall (as in, "to take a purler")

2. (I'd never heard of this one, believe it or not!)
n. - Ale or beer with wormwood infused, or hot beer with gin mixed in (ugh! to both mixtures - they can only be for medicinal use, surely?)




#76203 - 07/17/02 10:10 PM Re: Purling  
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Ale or beer with wormwood infused

Gives a new meaning to "What's your poison?"

they can only be for medicinal use, surely?
Yes, my friend and fellow ale-drinker, surely.

heavy fall (as in, "to take a purler")
Hmmm. Maybe the two meanings are closely related?
- You have a pint of purl, and soon after you take a purler.



#76204 - 07/17/02 10:52 PM Re: Purling  
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You have a pint of purl, and soon after you take a purler.
- and if that pitches you into the village pond, you make a purl - or ripple!



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