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Lexilogio
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 18, 2013 9:16 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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(Sassenach is the Gaelic for Southernor - for me, that's anyone south of Perth...)


Actually it is gaelic for "Saxon", or English. Related to the word "Saxon" itself, and also to the Welsh "Saesneg".


True - but in the Highlands the common usage is for southernor - we used "assenach" for highlander.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Winter 2013-4 to be the worst since 1947 ... according to everyone's favourite ultra-reliable, super-accurate weather-forecasting periodical, the Daily Express  

Meanwhile, back in the real world, some genuinely reliable meteorological experts are suggesting that it could be a protracted and hard, cold winter (absent the 100 days of heavy snow), which will suit the small but dedicated band of winter-lovers such as yours truly.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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. . . which will suit the small but dedicated band of winter-lovers such as yours truly.


Me too, I love a 'proper' winter - I just hope the highways agency and local councils are on the ball when it comes to gritting and keeping the roads and pavements safe.
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I call it the Adams Principle, named after Richard Adams, he of Watership Down fame (and still with us and hale and hearty at 93). In that book he remarks in passing that human beings who say they enjoy winter actually enjoy feeling proofed against it. What they really enjoy, in other words (I'm paraphrasing), is not so much winter itself but resisting winter: double glazing, central heating, pots of hot tea, soup, hats, scarves, gloves, wellies and nice thick, warm overcoats. This all seems perfectly reasonable to me. Even in Britain at times, if you strip off (or are otherwise unable to maintain your body temperature) and go and stand outside (especially way out in the sticks where it's always colder) on a really bitterly cold winter's night, chances are that actually you're going to die. (I actually know someone to whom this happened, sadly). Winter for non-human wild animals and those few humans unfortunate enough to have no shelter is a truly brutal, cruel, even killing season. So winter-lovers, according to the Adams Principle, actually love giving the finger to winter and saying "I can overcome you."
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://webarchive.nationalarchive...pressoffice/2010/pr20100305b.html


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