[lit-ideas] Re: Whinger... (Was: Thinks...)

  • From: Judy Evans <judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Robert Paul <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2004 18:17:51 +0100

Wednesday, June 2, 2004, 6:36:43 AM, Robert Paul wrote:

RP> Andreas writes, re 'whinge':

RP> 'The word has been around for three or four years in the UK. i've never 
RP> a Brit pronounce it. the few Brits I know in Silicon Valley haven't heard it
RP> either.'

RP> These few Brits might not be a representative sample.

Most unrepresentative!

(Ursula, Oz didn't in fact invent "whinge", but "whingeing Pom" is a
well-known Oz comment!)

RP> Robert Paul
RP> Bingeing on the OED
RP> ------------------------------------------------------------------------

RP> 1. whinge (hwInd3), sb. orig. Sc. and dial. [f. next.] A whine, esp. a 
RP> complaint. 

RP> 1500-20 DUNBAR Poems xxxii. 10 He [sc. a fox]..schuk his taill, with quhinge
RP> and 3elp. 

Best regards,
 Judy                            mailto:judithevans001@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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