Go Back  PPRuNe Forums > PPRuNe Social > Jet Blast
Reload this Page >

Admiral Draper's Really Really Boring and Totally Pointless Snippets of Information

Jet Blast Topics that don't fit the other forums. Rules of Engagement apply.

Admiral Draper's Really Really Boring and Totally Pointless Snippets of Information

Old 28th Jun 2020, 08:11
  #11961 (permalink)  
Gnome de PPRuNe
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Too close to Croydon for comfort
Age: 56
Posts: 6,874
Sennight - one learns something new every day! I gather it's Old English but sounds like something a Cornishman would say.
treadigraph is online now  
Old 28th Jun 2020, 12:27
  #11962 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 1998
Location: Ex-pat Aussie in the UK
Posts: 4,935
Speaking of trans-Atlantic confusion - It's the American "we'll meet at a quarter of four" that I find baffling.

What's that? Quarter to? Quater past? One o'clock??
Checkboard is offline  
Old 28th Jun 2020, 17:32
  #11963 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Coasting South
Age: 65
Posts: 62
Sunday bl**dy Sunday. Sunday is not Sunday without a Sunday roast. It's sacrosanct in our house, but not today. Chicken bought on Friday and well within sell-by date ponged when brought out of the fridge. Too late to get another so it's Monday night's pasta tonight. But roast tomorrow instead.
hiflymk3 is offline  
Old 28th Jun 2020, 17:52
  #11964 (permalink)  
512
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: England
Posts: 20
My old man always used to say "five and twenty to" the hour. Never heard it from anyone else!
512 is offline  
Old 28th Jun 2020, 18:53
  #11965 (permalink)  
Gnome de PPRuNe
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Too close to Croydon for comfort
Age: 56
Posts: 6,874
Originally Posted by 512 View Post
My old man always used to say "five and twenty to" the hour. Never heard it from anyone else!
My mum would say that, not sure if every time.
treadigraph is online now  
Old 28th Jun 2020, 20:37
  #11966 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Bedford, UK
Age: 66
Posts: 1,259
Originally Posted by ORAC View Post
Back to some transatlantic differences too.

The terminology “quarter to the hour” or “quarter past the hour” isn’t common over the pond and leads to stares of incomprehension. As does the word fortnight, let alone sennight.

As for telling them I’ll see you a week next Wednesday or Thursday next....
Thought they said ' after' but it's been 40 years.....
Mr Optimistic is offline  
Old 1st Jul 2020, 07:33
  #11967 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Bedford, UK
Age: 66
Posts: 1,259
Rain is fine but they can keep the wind. Trip to Tesco's beckons before Bedford does a Leicester ('Lester', no idea why, for the non- natives...oops can I say that?).
Mr Optimistic is offline  
Old 1st Jul 2020, 08:37
  #11968 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: apogee
Age: 65
Posts: 59
Hydro bill arrived Monday.
Two months $33.57.
meadowrun is offline  
Old 1st Jul 2020, 15:27
  #11969 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Chicken Run
Posts: 987
117 years since the commencement of the first 'G....e B....e.' Fingers crossed for this year, I have my doubts.
JENKINS is offline  
Old 1st Jul 2020, 16:30
  #11970 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: back out to Grasse
Posts: 267
First swim since the start of lockdown. Cool but refreshing at around 25c. Lots of small mullet in the shallows.

Kayak stowed, painting the apartment starts Monday for five days.

IG



Imagegear is offline  
Old 1st Jul 2020, 23:50
  #11971 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: New Zealand
Posts: 169
Originally Posted by JENKINS View Post
117 years since the commencement of the first 'G....e B....e.' Fingers crossed for this year, I have my doubts.

Ok I give up smartypants what on earth does G....e B....e mean???? Why can't people stop
trying to make themselves look an idiot by not being able to spell words correctly?
Nervous SLF is offline  
Old 2nd Jul 2020, 01:44
  #11972 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Great South East, tired and retired
Posts: 2,952
Love these solar panels, electickery company pays me $200 a month. Well worth while.
Ascend Charlie is online now  
Old 2nd Jul 2020, 03:32
  #11973 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Hong Kong
Age: 76
Posts: 327
My grandmother, who was born in 1895, always said five and twenty past and to the hour. I still say it to annoy the hell out of Ms BB, she being of the American persuasion. We've been together for 13 years but about once a month one of us will say something the other finds incomprehensible.
Barksdale Boy is offline  
Old 2nd Jul 2020, 03:53
  #11974 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Great South East, tired and retired
Posts: 2,952
"Quarter of five" probably comes from the German, "viertel fünf" which is 4:15 to regular people.
Ascend Charlie is online now  
Old 2nd Jul 2020, 07:43
  #11975 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Without a Paddle
Posts: 5
Originally Posted by Ascend Charlie View Post
Love these solar panels, electickery company pays me $200 a month. Well worth while.
Love mine too, lecky company are paying me £330 for this last 3 months, best quarterly payment I've had. Also ahead of target to cover the original cost of the installation
UpaCreak is offline  
Old 2nd Jul 2020, 13:55
  #11976 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Chicken Run
Posts: 987
La Grande Boucle

Sorry for late reply, mostly finger trouble. The Tour de France it is. Unable to travel for several years, so foreign holidays are taken at home by viewing the countryside in the Grand Tours of cycling. Comfort, but too easy perhaps.
JENKINS is offline  
Old 2nd Jul 2020, 14:09
  #11977 (permalink)  

Bluey
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Perth, Western Australia
Posts: 354
There's nothing quite like the sound of a cat throwing up to bring you wide awake in a big hurry in the morning. Especially if the cat happens to be sitting on your bed at the time!
BlueDiamond is offline  
Old 2nd Jul 2020, 14:20
  #11978 (permalink)  
Gnome de PPRuNe
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Too close to Croydon for comfort
Age: 56
Posts: 6,874
I was quite surprised to come across a Roman snail on an overgrown footpath while out walking this morning - bloody 'uge it was. Very rare and protected it seems so I'm glad I didn't pick him/her up which is verboten to put her/him* somewhere safe - so somebody else will probably step on it. So rare in fact that I found four more within a few minutes...

*I seem to remember from reading Gerald Durrell that snails are hermaphroditic?
treadigraph is online now  
Old 2nd Jul 2020, 18:12
  #11979 (permalink)  
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Aberdeen
Age: 72
Posts: 157
Originally Posted by BlueDiamond View Post
There's nothing quite like the sound of a cat throwing up to bring you wide awake in a big hurry in the morning. Especially if the cat happens to be sitting on your bed at the time!
Ain't that the truth !!!
Geordie_Expat is offline  
Old 4th Jul 2020, 07:28
  #11980 (permalink)  
Gnome de PPRuNe
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Too close to Croydon for comfort
Age: 56
Posts: 6,874
Sitting in Wetherspoons awaiting my big breakfast. Quietish so far. May have a celebratory pint later but not staying too long. It's good to be back!

Last edited by treadigraph; 4th Jul 2020 at 10:11.
treadigraph is online now  

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.