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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
  
  
  
 
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Re: Limerick by Loretto on 24 March 2010 5:35pm
 
Yes, There was a huge Government attempt to house the tinkers/knackers/travelers/pikeys/itinerants in the 80's. One family that did get a house lit a fire in the middle of the kitchen floor, didn't know what the stove/fireplace was for...true story. They are a fascinating people though in fairness, recognised as an ethnic group in UK but not in Ireland.

I went to school with a Nora Dunn, from a tinker family. She only attended for two weeks, then moved on. Beautiful little girl, so sad she never got a chance to become educated.
 
Re: Limerick by Loretto on 24 March 2010 7:07pm
 
Hi ya bIG!
 
Re: Limerick by Loretto on 24 March 2010 7:15pm
 
JTM- here it is! I can't wait to watch the whole thing!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16lMiMcZf4s
 
Re: Limerick by johnnythemonkey on 24 March 2010 7:15pm
 
The thing is Loretto, bIG isn't even bIG, if you get my meaning.
bIG is as fictional as Tootsie.
 
Re: Limerick by johnnythemonkey on 24 March 2010 7:19pm
 
'This video contains content from Channel 4, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds.'

Hope it's the prog I referred to earlier Loretto.
Wear two pairs of knickers when you watch it....I guarantee, you'll piss them. :)
 
Re: Limerick by Loretto on 24 March 2010 8:22pm
 
Why would they block content from US viewers. I'm off to put on extra undies!
 
Re: Limerick by johnnythemonkey on 25 March 2010 12:53am
 
womenknickers ? yes the ladies here sometimes wear them.
They throw them at me. For why ? My bottom is not cold.
 
Re: Limerick by Loretto on 25 March 2010 1:58pm
 
Yes jtm it is the same program, I watched the first ten mins yesterday. At the very beginning of it there is a man with arms like popeye the sailor, just like you described him, covered in tattoos and saying don't call me a f...ing pikey. The dresses were so big and wide on the first bride she had to be pulled out of the carriage and she could barely walk down the aisle in it. So they must have lost of money to spend on weddings as extravagant as this.
 
Re: Limerick by Loretto on 25 March 2010 2:06pm
 
So that's where the term "Pikey" comes from,

The term pikey as a pejorative appears to be a very old English word, remaining near unchanged, probably in common use during William Shakespeare's lifetime. The text Gypsy Politics and Social Change notes Boorde's 1547 reference:

Egipcions be swarte and doth go disgsy'd in theyr apparel, contrary to other nacyons: they be lyght fyngered, and use pyking.[4]

Gypsies are swarthy and go disguised in their apparel, contrary to other nations: they are light-fingered and use piking.

The term is strongly associated with itinerant life and constant travel: pikey is directly derived from pike which, circa 1520, meant to "go away from, to go on" and related to the words turnpike (toll-road) and pike-man (toll-collector)
 
Re: Limerick by kazzzz on 25 March 2010 2:10pm
 
When Ray and I lived in Norfolk there were a lot of these folk about. We were in a pub one night and had a game of pool with a couple of guys who spoke pretty much like this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LJw6PAi5Q8

I didn't understand one word for the entire night
 
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