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January 03, 2011


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Jemmy Hope

I remember an expression of a Nigerian workmate when speaking of humankind in general, "woman-born".

Virtual Linguist

That's very picturesque, and no-one could argue with it! Thanks, Jemmy.


"Wife" is still a common term in Scotland for "woman".

"The MHM Song" starts off:

"Ye'll 'uv heard o' the de'il as he wandered thro' Beith,
Wi' a wife in each oxter and wan in his teeth".

Although it's possible that the devil is a polygamist, I don't think that's what is intended: simply that he had a woman in each armpit and one between his teeth.

Virtual Linguist

Thanks Malkie. That's something I've learnt today. Had never heard of MHM before you mentioned it!

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I'd be interested in hearing. The TOS seems rather clear that it is not unless expressly approved by Amazon. I guess if the library got it in writing then they would be ok.

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