Did anyone else notice Survive France being poked at on AI?

Did anyone else notice Survive France being poked at on AI?


I thought it was a bit of a cheek actually as I have had a much better experience on Here than AI Not sure I understand the posters beef at all but there's room for all opinions . I prefer it here and think it's well run just my 2 cents.

Dadah! 'God's truth'. Haven't put the book away yet.


It appears with the rough time of its appearance in Barrère and Leland's 'A dictionary of slang, jargon and cant, 1888–90', published in 1897. The lexicography of Dickens' use of Cockney and other vernacular forms of speech does not include it. It was first noted as a 'minced oath' by critics of the use of blasphemy in common language (it was originally 'God blind me', hence 'cor blimey') along with 'bloody' ('by our lady') also used as 'bloomin'' and 'ruddy' in the late 1880s that got Barrère and Leland on the case just in case the church commissioners managed to affect a total ban and eventual end of such usage. Didn't the commissioners do bloomin' well?

I have cribbed of course. I have a book on dialects and jargon that has a whole chapter on this stuff. In fact a Cretan king Rhadamanthus banned using such oaths which lead to minced oaths and Socrates both used rhyming slang and minced oaths to get round accusations of heresy. For all of that, English urban vernacular, Cockney yes but also NE England, is probably the most interesting anywhere and ever.


First recorded in print in late 19th century, but has all the characteristics of a medieval oath. Earlier lexicographers just wouldn't have concerned themselves with the everyday speech of illiterate Cockneys, But I won't argue with you because I wasn't around at the time! ;-)

On the assumption that all or any facts are ever in the least bit interesting?

For instance: the world is round. Zzzzzzzzzz!

Mike. Do you mean it's interesting because it's something you didn't know or simply an interesting fact? :-)

That's an old well known one Mike, lime-juicer was originally the name for English sailors because of the juice added to their grog was shortened to limey in the mid-19th century. Blimey was blind me originally, but only appeared in the late 19th century some time after even Australia was already referring to English immigrants as limeys.

Lol ................... naughty step

@ Norah - aw thanks - you've just made James's weekend with your 'hot guys' comment!! x


More like Rosemary Clooney ...

Oooooh. Interesting ...........................

Interesting - I didn't know that.

I have always had my doubts about the theory that the English are called Limeys because their sailors ate citrus fruits to prevent scurvy. I think it is much more likely that the word they most frequently used, "blimey" was mis-heard because of the unstressed "B".

*Cough* I am a member of AI and often mistaken for George Clooney I'll have you know young lady!!

Its known as jealousy Catherine - AI haven't got any "Hot" guys on their site so they are having a poke at James!! Good for his street cred though :)

In the Middle Ages they were 'les godons' = les God damns - plus ça change, eh! ;-)

I'll hit 'em with me 'ead. That 'feels' the youngest bit of me theses days ;-)

You mentioned age and Vic in one sentence, protect the other knee immediately!