plant names and other oddities

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Fri Apr 16 04:44:14 UTC 2010

"Who sups [or Who would sup] with the Devil must needs use a long spoon".
IIRC, I first encountered this in Margery Allingham's *The Tiger in the
Smoke. *One of the characters uses the expression with respect to dealing
with a very dangerous character (the title character, in fact); and a later
chapter, again iirc, is called "The Long Spoon".

m a m

On Wed, Apr 14, 2010 at 9:50 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at>wrote:

> Part I.
> An entirely different list from a similar collection. This one is
> Skeat's Nine Specimens of English Dialects (1896). At the end, there is
> a collection of Yorkshire proverbs. I thought a few a worth a look. The
> list was taken from Francis Brokesby's pieve on the Yorkshire dialect.
> [parenthetical comments in the original; there are 94 entries in all]
> He mun heve a lang-Shafted speaun that sups kail with the Devil.

> Feel free to quibble with my selection--it was not meant to be inspired.
> I just thought I'd share a find.
>     VS-)
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