Re: What is a cordwangle?
|From:||Michael Adams <michael.adams1@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, May 10, 2006, 10:37|
Cord = a musical cord?
Wrangle = to manipulate or wrangle, like a term for a type of
cowboy, a wrangler?
Oh Wangle, related to Wanker or Wangle? To wangle it up? Wanker
is related in a way to the term "Jerk" namely to Jerk something
of a intimate nature.
Cord of wood?
Wangle, wrangle, dangle are they related words?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Bleackley" <Peter.Bleackley@...>
Sent: Wednesday, May 10, 2006 2:09 AM
Subject: What is a cordwangle?
> The word "cordwangle" is found frequently in folk songscollected by the
> famous folklorist and singer Rambling Syd Rumpo, and performedby him
> during the 1960s on the BBC radio programme "Round the Horne".It appears
> to have been an implement of some significance in ruralEngland at some
> point in the past, but the exact meaning of the word is nowlost. However,
> it occurs to me that such an assembly of amateur andprofessional linguists
> as we have here might be able to reconstruct the meaning fromknown facts.
> These I will document for your edification -
> A cordwangle is usually found in the possession of acordwangler, but at
> sea may be found in the possession of a nurker.
> A cordangle may be hung upon a line. However, if it is of poorquality,
> this may lead to others sneering at it.
> A cordwangle may be masked by the grunge upon one's splod.This,
> unfortunately, can ruin the cordwangle.
> A cordwangle can be bent, but this as inadvisible, as one maybreak it in
> this manner.
> Young couples are sometimes described as plighting theircordwangles.
> An old man's cordwangle might make an ugly sight.
> What can we deduce from this?*