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From: RAY WORDEN <>
Subject: [CORNISH] Pitched to his head.
Date: Wed, 19 May 2010 07:25:01 +0000 (GMT)
Cornish expression meaning he fell on his head. Could equally say "He pitched to his knees/back."
Ray in Delabole
Date: Tue, 18 May 2010 17:49:28 +1000
From: Andrew Rodger <>
Subject: Re: [CORNISH] WB News
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> Pat: I am still trying to figure out what "pitched to his head"
> Does it refer to being a little bit crazy? In NY we used to call that
> "tetched in the head." Maybe a corruption of the Cornish
> expression. All
> I could think of was baseball, but that's a bit far-fetched. Carol
Not a corruption of the Cornish expression, but an American
pronunciation of "touched in the head". When I was at school kids
sometimes still said a person regarded as a little bit crazy was
"touched". My guess is this is a pretty old concept, deriving from
old notions of magic or witchcraft, a spell touching you and throwing
you off-kilter, and not unrelated to the Biblical references to
possession by evil spirits.
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