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suze
1382435.  Sun May 30, 2021 8:00 am Reply with quote

Tom Newton Dunn's pronunciation is sanctioned by a few dictionaries, unfortunately. Huw Merriman's is just eccentric.

The folk of those islands split pretty much 50:50 on whether their first language is Spanish or Catalan. They tend to use the Catalan Balears ("valley arse", pretty much) to name their archipelago among themselves.

That name for the archipelago is probably Phoenician and something to do with Baal, but the Classical Greeks called them Γυμνάσιαι Gymnasiai because the ancient inhabitants didn't bother with clothes.

 
jaygeemack
1382531.  Mon May 31, 2021 5:35 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
That name for the archipelago is probably Phoenician and something to do with Baal, but the Classical Greeks called them Γυμνάσιαι Gymnasiai because the ancient inhabitants didn't bother with clothes.


Some of those who frequent these islands today continue this tradition.

 
PDR
1382614.  Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:41 am Reply with quote

On the radio news this morning, in an interview with the minister about the disappointingly low extra funding allocation for education, the interviewer talked about it being "a bit of a damp squid".

I suspect she may have meant a "damp squib", a "squib" being a small explosive device usually used as the primer to ignite a larger explosive charge (such as the bags of powder behind a cannonball). Thus a "damp squib" is something that fails to ignite (cf "keeping your powder dry"), whereas a "damp squid" is tomorrow's fresh calamari in its natural state.

PDR

 
ali
1382615.  Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:52 am Reply with quote

I think you'll find that squid are quite noteworthy for their reluctance to ignite, and it is usually the case that 'damp' is understating the facts.

 
Jenny
1382625.  Wed Jun 02, 2021 4:26 pm Reply with quote

I do rather like the phrase 'damp squid' though. Literally it doesn't work, but the image of a damp and glum-looking squid is magic.

 
crissdee
1382638.  Thu Jun 03, 2021 4:39 am Reply with quote

Actually, if you chucked a damp squid on to a small fire (not that I am suggesting it as a course of action!) it would probably extinguish it fairly effectively.

 
PDR
1382640.  Thu Jun 03, 2021 4:47 am Reply with quote

crissdee wrote:
Actually, if you chucked a damp squid on to a small fire (not that I am suggesting it as a course of action!) it would probably extinguish it fairly effectively.


It would be a bit of a messy way to extinguish the fire as after throwing it on the squid would exude fluids noxious fluids, but others may not be averse to chuck-on arson goo*

[too warm - I just brought a sun hat]

PDR

* "chacun a son gout"

 
Jenny
1382649.  Thu Jun 03, 2021 8:52 am Reply with quote

Oh yes! Good one!

 
AlmondFacialBar
1382665.  Thu Jun 03, 2021 4:05 pm Reply with quote

The one thing that immediately comes to mind there is Squidward...

:-)

AlmondFacialBar

 
Celebaelin
1382677.  Thu Jun 03, 2021 9:30 pm Reply with quote

I reckon this one would put out most fires; in their initial stages at least.

 
barbados
1382681.  Fri Jun 04, 2021 1:39 am Reply with quote

Itís hard to tell without knowing the size of the squid in the picture.
Perhaps you could find another with the recognised unit of scale included.

 
Dix
1382699.  Fri Jun 04, 2021 7:18 am Reply with quote

You mean the size of W[h]ales?

 
barbados
1382701.  Fri Jun 04, 2021 7:47 am Reply with quote

Dix wrote:
You mean the size of W[h]ales?

No, the standard unit of scale is the banana.
I think Wales is the size of around 2,861,974 football pitches,
I think the scale order is
Banana
Double decker bus
Football Pitch
Wales

We do have the "50p piece" to allow for things smaller than a banana, but they generally are not worth measuring so it is becoming obselete - especially since the introduction of the baby banana

 
Jenny
1382713.  Fri Jun 04, 2021 9:44 am Reply with quote

Well my hand is 8" from fingertip to wrist, so assuming the guy in the picture has a hand slightly larger than mine at 9" we could sort of guess it from that maybe?

 
PDR
1382717.  Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:57 am Reply with quote

Was the photo attached to his email replying to his bank:

Dear Sirs,

I note you concern about my unauthorised overdraft. You said the sum was a fiver plus 20% charges, so here's the sick squid I owe you.

Regards

A Customer


PDR

 

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