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449795.  Wed Dec 03, 2008 8:57 am Reply with quote

They make the worst story tellers cos there's always a sting in the tail...

Anyone seen my coat?

450027.  Wed Dec 03, 2008 3:47 pm Reply with quote

What, unlike pig storytellers who have a twist in theirs? ;)

1263723.  Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:06 pm Reply with quote

suze wrote:
As themoog notes, this term seems to be widespread in the southern half of England - as stated, it's used from the south west to East Anglia and also in parts of the midlands, but not in the north so far as I can tell.

No-one really seems to know its origin, "unknown but old" is about the best I can find. Very tentatively, I note that the mineral jasper is often banded and wonder if it might be something to do with this. The OED does give citations for the use of the word jasper as an adjective meaning something like "stripey", notably in the first English translation of Don Quixote (Shelton's of 1620).

We call them Jaspers up here in Lancashire. Well, we did when we were kids, so in 80's and 90's. Not used much anymore

1263999.  Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:25 pm Reply with quote

Welcome MissYotsuba :-) I don't recall calling them anything in particular on my side of the Pennines!


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