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Friday, 8 April 2011
212. Welsh Idiosyncrasies. Nickname Series (3)
Historian Ralph Thomas’ record of his favourite Welsh Nicknames
There was a colliery supervisor who was known as Thin Scale, which had two possible origins:
One theory is that he used to cadge a "thin scale" of tobacco from his men.
The other concerns his rash judgment of an unsafe pit roof. "It's only a bit of thin scale, pull it down!", he reportedly said. The roof promptly collapsed - and it took two shifts to clear the resulting rubble.