Not Saussure

September 7, 2006

A useful word

Filed under: Blogroll, Linguistics — notsaussure @ 5:04 pm

Tim Worstall rightly notes: ‘Pobsy, perfectly good word. More people ought to use it.’

True, it does not appear in this form in the OED, but that’s clearly an oversight. They do have ‘pobs, n. pl.‘ which is apparently ‘ A dialect and nursery name for porridge, pap, bread and milk.’ Their references are:

1828 Craven Gloss. (ed. 2), Pobs, Poddish, Porridge.

1848 MRS. GASKELL Mary Barton ix, The child..were awake, and crying for its pobbies.
1894
HALL CAINE Manxman VI. iv, He was ladling the pobs into the child’s mouth.

Not being a parent, it’s not a term I frequently use, but I take it to mean either ‘something like porridge’ or ‘what he and the child looked like after the child had spat out its pobs’.

I hope this clarifies matters.

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2 Comments »

  1. http://www.littleredboat.co.uk/

    This one’s going round in circles!

    Comment by Brian — September 7, 2006 @ 7:40 pm

  2. It’s a meme, innit?

    Comment by notsaussure — September 7, 2006 @ 7:56 pm


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