Heard on trash TV: Britspeak

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 9 04:39:08 UTC 2012

On Sun, Jan 8, 2012 at 5:31 PM, Dan Goncharoff <thegonch at gmail.com> wrote:
> I believe your "chinky" is in fact "cheeky".

I considered that possibility, but I decided that it didn't matter,
this being only an anecdote. I heard "chinky," thought, "cheeky?",
then thought, "WTH." IAC, the mother - or should that be, "the mom"?
And I used to think that it was funny that _mama_ is the formal word
for "mother" in Rumanian! - was saying that her tough-cockney child,
though afflicted with progeria, was, nevertheless, nick.
(Pswaydo-cockney rhyming slang: "lively and quick, must be Saint
_Nick_." <har! har!>)

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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