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  • #23181
    John McBride
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    For some reason it won’t let me post on the previous thread. But GKC used dykes to mean dirt walls:

     

    He bent them back with spear and spade,
    With desperate dyke and wall,
    With foemen leaning on his shield
    And roaring on him when he reeled;
    And no help came at all.

    #23280
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    Nah he didn’t – the dyke is the ditch, the wall is …well the wall!

    #23282

    See? Now this is just sexist, homophobic clap-trap.

    “No help came at all”?

    Well, what about that desperate dyke that was helping him “bend them back”?

    This fits perfectly in with that recent news item about the supposed prevalence of Viking fighting women, too…

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #23284
    Patrice
    Participant

    See? Now this is just sexist, homophobic clap-trap.

    ¿ ? … Ahem, I perfectly knew what I was doing when I wrote this title “A fight for a dyke”, but there certainly was no sexist or homophobic intention from me. Perhaps a bad taste, what we call “Gaulish” French mildly sexual jokes, as we quite often do in our games AARs. Actually, if you mention it, I had five male players in this game and two of them are a gay couple.

     

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    #23285

    I think that one flew over your head there, Patrice. 🙂 It was a joke, not an accusation. No stress! It might help to explain that I routinely deal with people who say s*** like this seriously.

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #23317
    Guy Farrish
    Participant

    The complications of communicating in different languages via a written medium unmoderated by non verbal cues eh? Anyone remember Victor Borge’s phonetic punctuation sketch? Maybe you’re all too young – google it- we need a written emotional punctuation to tip in those non-verbal markers that undercut troublesome comments.

    Now we’re all happy anyone want to try the discussion about Chesterton’s Anglo Catholic anti-semitism? Maybe not. Another forum, another day.

    #23366
    John McBride
    Participant

    Guy, it might be the ditch but it also might be the wall. The little Dutch boy with his finger in the dike, remember?

     

    : a long narrow hole that is dug in the ground to carry water : a ditch or trench

    : a bank or mound of earth that is built to control water and especially to protect an area from flooding

    #23417
    John McBride
    Participant

    Okay, thanks.

    #23495
    Not Connard Sage
    Participant

    The OED should be the arbiter.

     

    dyke1 (also dike)
    n noun
    1 an embankment built to prevent flooding from the sea. Øan earthwork serving as a boundary or defence: Offa’s Dyke.
    2 a ditch or watercourse.
    3 Geology an intrusion of igneous rock cutting across existing strata. Compare with sill.
    n verb [often as adjective dyked] provide (land) with a dyke to prevent flooding.

    ORIGIN
    Middle English: from Old Norse dík, rel. to ditch.

     

    and also

    dyke2 (also dike)
    n noun informal a lesbian.

    DERIVATIVES
    dykey adjective (dykier, dykiest).

    ORIGIN
    1940s (earlier as bulldyke): of unknown origin.

    Are we all done now?

     

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #23499

    Oh, yes. Thank you.

    [smokes a cigarette]

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #23501
    Not Connard Sage
    Participant

    We always endeavour to satisfy…

    "I go online sometimes, but everyone's spelling is really bad. It's... depressing."

    #23598
    janner
    Participant

    Oh, yes. Thank you. [smokes a cigarette]

     

    As long as it’s just a fag you’re smoking this time, Mac

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    #23609

    As long as it’s just a fag you’re smoking this time, Mac

    Wait. Wha…?

    We get slapped around, but we have a good time!

    #23610
    Mike
    Keymaster

    ye gads this is about as gaming as TUMB.

    #23642
    janner
    Participant

    ye gads this is about as gaming as TUMB.

    A fag – you know, a cigarette in English slang 

    http://jannersjaunt.blogspot.dk

    #23646
    Mike
    Keymaster

    Right, due to lack of gaming talk and potential oddness I have locked this topic.

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