Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jul 4 00:30:32 UTC 2006

You're welcome, Charlie. And thank you for the note WRT Hopkins, one
of my favorite poets. I have long felt that that particular line was
not intended to be gibberish. ;-)

WRT to the title of the TV show, "brass" was local slang for money,
which no one had much of, since the local coal(?) mine had been shut
down. I liked the show, myself, because of the challenge of
understanding what people were talking about. The actors all used only
the local dialect, which had [r], IIRC. But it came on on local PBS at
eleven on Sunday night, which just about guaranteed that it wouldn't
be on the air for long. And it wasn't.


On 7/2/06, Charles Doyle <cdoyle at> wrote:
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> Poster:       Charles Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU>
> Subject:      Anyroad
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> I didn't know that about "anyroad"!
> It does appear in the OED (road n 8.d), with instances from
> 1896 through "Remington Steele."
> That construction casts light on the phrasing, which I (and
> many other readers--maybe only Americans?) have found
> perplexing, in Gerard Manley Hopkins's poem "Felix
> Randal": "God rest him all road ever he offended."
> I just never thought to read the "road" entry in the OED!
> Thanks, Wilson.
> --Charlie
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> ---- Original message ----
> >Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 20:22:30 -0400
> >From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> >Subject: Re: azure legs of the cock, etc.
> >
> >
> >*Back in the '80's, there was Brit TV sitcom(?)
> called "Brass," in which people used "anyroad" instead
> of "anyway."
> >
> >-Wilson
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