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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #1245 on: 12 October, 2019, 12:29:55 pm »
It gets better than that! IIRC 'Nobber' is an anglicisation of 'an obair' = 'the work', probably referring to the large Anglo-Norman motte-and-bailey earthwork at the edge of the village.

Now it so happens that the Dublinese for girlfriend is 'Mot' (from 'maith an cailín' = 'good girl').  So as a callow lad of 18 working away from home for the first time in that eponymous village, references to 'Nobber motte' regularly had me in stitches.

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #1246 on: 12 October, 2019, 09:52:57 pm »
It gets better than that! IIRC 'Nobber' is an anglicisation of 'an obair' = 'the work', probably referring to the large Anglo-Norman motte-and-bailey earthwork at the edge of the village.

Now it so happens that the Dublinese for girlfriend is 'Mot' (from 'maith an cailín' = 'good girl').  So as a callow lad of 18 working away from home for the first time in that eponymous village, references to 'Nobber motte' regularly had me in stitches.


Thanks for the education - I did try to learn a bit of Gaelic a few years back, but fell at the pronounciation hurdle!

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #1247 on: 20 October, 2019, 05:27:14 pm »
Mind the oranges, Marlon being a deeper reference than I thought...

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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #1248 on: 20 October, 2019, 08:43:06 pm »
Mind the oranges, Marlon being a deeper reference than I thought...



Yep, I copped that lonnng after reading it; or possibly had it explained to me on this forum. I don't quite remember.  Who would have thought it was a layered story.
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Re: Things that went over your head...
« Reply #1249 on: 22 October, 2019, 05:00:34 pm »
I've only just noticed that the leader of the Parliament gang in Carroll's zarjaz Dredd story 'The Long Game' is called Andrel Markota and  bears something of a resemblance to this person:




Apologies,  can't find a larger version of that page, but that's her down the bottom!   Squint, damn you!
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