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From: Jim Thompson <>
Subject: Re: [CORNISH] Tennis Organisers told to silence "idiots" who chantOi , Oi. Oi.
Date: Sun, 24 Jan 2010 20:39:45 -0500
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Gormless just means stupid. It is a common English expression, not
unique to Cornwall. Apparently they use it in Australia but not the US.

Jim

Albert Jenkin wrote:
> Alright, then. Now, what in blazes does "gormless" mean? You can't go defining an unknown word with another unknown word. My English-teacher mother would have cat-fits over that.
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> She was the one who told me you could easily tell the Cornish from the Scots; you could understand the Scots. It was my Dad, of course, who was Cornish.
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> Albert Jenkin hag Howlek an Gath
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>> From:
>> To:
>> Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 09:03:20 +1100
>> Subject: Re: [CORNISH] Tennis Organisers told to silence "idiots" who chant Oi , Oi. Oi.
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>> On Monday 25 January 2010 06:54:00 Carol P Noonan wrote:
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>>> Pat: Can you tell this witless American the meaning of "bogan" as in
>>> "witless bogan."
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>> It is a recent Aussie dialect word. My Oxford "Australian National
>> Dictionary" - an etymological dictionary of Australian words published 1986
>> doesn't show the word in the above meaning, but my "Australian Concise Oxford
>> Dictionary" published 1992 (2nd ed.) has:
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>> bogan n. colloq. a gormless person. [20th c.: orig. uncert.]
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>> It may derive from the Bogan River (in northwest NSW) which spawned a number
>> of satirical terms such as "Bogan shower" which means about 5 minutes of rain,
>> hardly enough to settle the dust.
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>> --
>> ====
>> Michael Lightfoot
>> Canberra, Australia
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