Ah, Americans

A USian friend has emailed in perplexity about my use earlier of the phrase \”whippet flange mills\”.

Bless.

He tried to look it up on Google. Along with Ecky Bah Thump as a comestible and flat cap emporiums.

I told him to think Jeff Foxworthy on rednecks to get an idea of the meanings.

Anyone do better as definitions?

7 comments on “Ah, Americans

  1. It’s “ecky thump”. Don’t know where you got the bah from. You could be thinking of “by eck [lad/lass]” which is a general form of exclamation, eg: “by eck vitnery cow’s got mastics” [apols to James Herriot].

    Also don’t be mixing up Yorkshire and Lancashire phrases, that’s a terrible sin.

  2. “Ecky Bah Thump”

    Eee Bah Gum mixed with Ecky Thump.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/364517.stm

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecky_thump

    “Whippet Flange Mills”

    Whippets being a popular breed of dog amongst those in Yorkshire (West Yorkshire in particular). Flange Mills being a reference (gone askew) to a Monty Python sketch itself being a reference to the stereotypical mills (i.e. factories) of the North:

    http://people.csail.mit.edu/paulfitz/spanish/script.html

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