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A few days in vocabulary

haggerty - Potatoes and cheese and goodness, as served as an appetizer as The Narrow. aca and easterbunny joined us for a second expedition to the pub, which proved itself to be MUCH more interesting on a second try than it had been the first time around.

clapshot - A side-dish, also from the Narrow's menu. Turnips and potato mash.

steeplejack - A person who scales large buildings for the purposes of repair. It's an excellent history of tech term I'd never run across before. The profession was made famous in the UK by Fred Dibnah. This subject came up because Dibnah is referenced in the Lancashire Hotpots' song "Ebay 'eck", and I didn't know who he was. (Thanks to pennski for introducing me to their existence via "He's turned emo".)

double-fronted house - I had visions of this property term meaning something like "façades on two sides of a block", such as at a corner, or because it has an entrance from both the front and the back of the building. No, nothing so interesting. It just refers to how many "bays" the house has - one on one side of the door is a "single-fronted house". One bay of house on each side of the door is a "double-fronted house". I learned this in Ilford, where coth & co. kindly gave us a local tour on Sunday.

fritelle - Lovely deep-fried holeless doughnuts flavored with candied citrus pieces. Available seasonally in Venice for carnevale - which ends today. Tomorrow, they will not be available anymore, and another year will pass without me eating one. They're really good. If you can't have fritelle either, may your day be full of pancakes instead.


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Feb. 5th, 2008 03:32 pm (UTC)
Next time I come to London, will you meet up with me and take me eating?

Feb. 8th, 2008 05:58 pm (UTC)
Feb. 5th, 2008 03:42 pm (UTC)
Steeplejacks were pretty much essential in the days of mill chimneys, though the name suggests a much older tradition. Fred was one of those larger-than life characters who grab public affection - he was a TV natural. His other interest was traction engines, and he inspired a revival of interest in them in some quarters.

It's funny how terms like "double-fronted" are so routine you never question them, yet very, very restricted regionally. I had the same problem with "condo" when I first started talking online to Americans. Two languages...
Feb. 5th, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
I don't think a double-fronted house has to have bay windows, only some sort of main window either side of the door, implying two front rooms. I don't think it counts if it's a window onto e.g. the downstairs loo, or the stairs.

The definition of clapshot falls foul of the English-Scottish failure to agree on the names of root vegetables. I think clapshot should contain 'neeps' = what I call swede, but I'm open to correction.
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