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December 5, 2014

A friend recently greeted me by saying “Wotcher!”. You don’t hear that greeting much these days. It makes me feel nostalgic for the 70s, when everybody said it (at least, boys and men said it; it’s rather a masculine greeting). But it’s older than that, because I once came across it in a Biggles book. It’s short for “What cheer?” – did everyone know that?

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  1. Jams O'Donnell permalink

    I didn’t. However, I was recently told that ‘yours faithfully’ at the end of a letter origiated from the times when no-one could read or write and letters were scribed and read by priests who signed off to each other ‘in faith’.
    And, somewhat less believably but apparently guilelessly, in a piece of history homework, that ‘raining cats and dogs’ came from the Victorian habit of washing animals in the bath after everyone else, by which time the water was so black that they drowned…and were then tipped out of the window. Obvious innit?

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