[lit-ideas] Re: The Spell of Philosophy

  • From: Donal McEvoy <donalmcevoyuk@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 8 Nov 2009 23:47:50 +0000 (GMT)

  
> Oddly, Partridge has 'berk' as coming from
> "Berkshire Hunt" when we all 
> know it's Berkeley hunt.

That's because, as per "James Hunt" and "Gareth Hunt", "Berkshire Hunt" is 
Cockney rhyming slamg for, predictively speaking, an aunt. Yet "berk" has now 
acquired a much softer meaning - "idiot", "callow fellow".

Weren't dictionaries great when you could look up a word like "Fart" and the 
definition was "A small explosion between the legs"?

Donal 
Remembering fondly
Jumpers for goalposts





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