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.


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