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Re: Dicussion on 'hermaphrodite' (was Of accents & dialects

From:Wesley Parish <wes.parish@...>
Date:Wednesday, November 5, 2008, 8:36
On Tuesday 04 November 2008 01:28, Ph.D. wrote:
> R A Brown wrote: > > Gosh - we've come a long way since the original > > remark about Middlesex which, of course, has > > nothing to do with sex at all. It was merely the > > _Saxon_ kingdom in the middle, as opposed to > > Essex (kingdom of the east Saxons), Wessex > > (kingdom of the west Saxons) and, where I hail > > from, Sussex (kingdom of the south Saxons) -- > > there was no north Saxon kingdom. > > Of course not -- who would want to live in Nosex ? ;-) > > --Ph. D.
Ah, the _true_ explanation for that strange and unusual phrase "Nosex please, we're British!" (Which by the appearance of it, is a phrase originating from the days when nearly all non-maritime travel in the British Isles took place on the train.) They just haven't been told that the North Saxons amalgamated with the Mercians at a very early age ... ;) Wesley Parish -- Clinersterton beademung, with all of love - RIP James Blish ----- Gaul is quartered into three halves. Things which are impossible are equal to each other. Guerrilla warfare means up to their monkey tricks. Extracts from "Schoolboy Howlers" - the collective wisdom of the foolish. ----- Mau e ki, he aha te mea nui? You ask, what is the most important thing? Maku e ki, he tangata, he tangata, he tangata. I reply, it is people, it is people, it is people.