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Everything posted by Shyheels

  1. There are quite a few stretches you can do for ankle and foot flexibility. One stretch for toes is to interlace your fingers between your toes and gently stretch them back. Another is to kneel with your toes on the floor and sit back on your heels. This stretches both your toes and the undersides if your feet. I've probably not described either stretch adequately, but I am writing on an iPad and so not inclined to write much...
  2. There are many different accents throughout the south and Appalachia Perhaps you were seeing the sequel - or prequel... Thank you! And I am most pleased to be here!
  3. Oh I don't know. Maybe some redneck good ole boy with a chaw of tobacco in his gob... :-)
  4. They came up with KKK...:-) (OK, maybe strictly speaking an initialism rather than an acronym, but I can never resist a glib response where there is even a ghost of one in the offing! :-))
  5. I love language and etymology. I had never before heard of Wog being an acronym for Western Oriental Gentleman. As you say, it is utterly illogical. I also never heard of Prisoner of Mother England. That too seems wildly unlikely, and for exactly the reasons you list. Prisoner of His (or Her) Majesty has some logic as this was apparently used, in abbreviation, beside the names if prisoners on ship manifests. I can't vouch for its authenticity as I never took the trouble to investigate it, but I could at least imagine such a thing.
  6. James Lind in 1753 was the first to prove citrus fruits could be used to treat scurvy, although the idea had been around anecdotally for some centuries before that. He offered some formal experimental proof, although of course, he did not know of vitamin C - that was not discovered until 1932. James Cook in the 1770s had wonderful success at sea in warding off scurvy. He attributed his success to adding sauerkraut to his men's diet. Sauerkraut has some vitamin C but not much. It was largely destroyed by the cooking process. It was his insistence on shipboard cleanliness and regular restocking with fresh food at every opportunity that played the larger role, as well as his refusal to allow his men to eat the fat scrubbed off the bottom of the copper pans. Although Cook couldn't have known it, that fact reacted with the copper to form compounds that inhibited the body's ability to absorb vitamin C. It helped too that he was going places where there was lots of citrus around. Although the curative effects of citrus were proved by Lind in 1753 it was many decades, well into the 19th century, before lime juice became a regular feature of life aboard a Royal Navy warship. Pommie has many origins. As you say the origin of slang is extremely difficult to trace. But that's part of the fun!
  7. I have a complicated pedigree being Australian as well and my understanding of the derogatory term pom or pommie is that it is a reference to the acronym POHM that was on the shirts of prisoners sent Down Under in the bad old days of transportation. As far as I know apple juice was never a part of daily rations on Royal Navy ships, or if it was it was nothing they were famous for. It was always lemon or lime, and more generally lime Sorry, I forgot to say that POHM stood for Prisoner of His Majesty (or Her Majesty, as the case may be)
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