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Thursday, January 05, 2006

blackthorn winter

Cold weather, when the blackthorn is in blossom.
-Albert Hyamson's Dictionary of English Phrases, 1922

2 Comments:

Anonymous Douglas W. Boone said...

Surely it's rhyming slang?

"Boiling [hot]" = "lot"

Thus
"the whole lot" = "the whole boiling"

11/30/06, 8:04 AM  
Blogger the scribbler said...

Ooops again! This comment should refer to the previous post "whole boiling".

You could be right, Douglas. Sounds perfectly plausible to me.

Again, thanks for the comments! And thanks for reading.

11/30/06, 5:10 PM  

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