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meganiwish last won the day on May 11 2012

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  1. In the UK -ie is pretty much firmly a diminutive. Eddie, short for Edward, or Edwin, in the case of my bro. Eddy is a whirlpool. But it's not hard and fast. 'Kiddie' is an interesting one for me. It's an old Sussex word meaning something like 'bloke', 'chap', 'fellow', with no sense of youth. I remember it from a chap (kiddie) teaching at Plumpton Agricultural College in 1986. The story's too long. But I know a few chaps who still use it, none of them younger than me and all from a very specific part of Hastings. eg 'You know, that kiddie who does the plastering for John.' Shyheels lives mere miles from me, but I bet he's never heard it in that sense. It's a usage dying. The newest Harper Lee book finally allowed me to understand To Kill a Mockingbird. We South Saxons have a motto. Sussex will be Sussex, and Sussex won't be druv. We have music too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lGxD6cxMKM I feel so at home to sit by a bandstand and hear Sussex By The Sea. I don't really mean to digress, but to make a point about regional differences. I believe there's a wealth in the regional, but that the national and international standard needs agreed punctuation and grammar. Register is all important. I wouldn't speak Sussex to the Queen.
  2. My feeling is that it's only in recent decades that lorry and truck have quite become interchangeable. What Farmer Bell drove in Camberwick Green was undoubtedly a truck https://www.google.com/search?q=farmer+bell+camberwick+green&rlz=1C1CHZL_enGB747GB747&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwi19-aitMPpAhU4UBUIHUf4AxsQ_AUoAXoECA8QAw&biw=1342&bih=623#imgrc=Yq4IwWqJfiV_wM as was Pop Larkin's in The Darling Buds of May https://www.google.com/search?q=pop+larkin's+truck&rlz=1C1CHZL_enGB747GB747&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwio3MPUtcPpAhVMRxUIHQt2D68Q_AUoAnoECA8QBA&biw=1342&bih=623#imgrc=W0IBEd0xo4Ml4M I think of a lorry as something used to transport goods. What do they say in Canada, by the way? I ask because of this Neil Young song, from After the Gold Rush , I believe https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7letrMf_nE
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