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 Post subject: air
PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 6:58 pm 

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Anyone know this one ?

'To air' (cold water usually) : to warm up a little.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 8:37 pm 
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We have 'aired' water...not hot but not cold. Do you think it's northern then Rex?

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:10 am 
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I use that, as in the water is aired.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:19 am 
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I bought a book at the weekend 'The Lancashireman's Dictionary'. Will have to have a good root throught it later to see if there is anything really obscure (there is bound to be!)

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 1:09 pm 

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Airing cupboard??? We all have one I think.

But where does the description 'airy fairy' re. a person's casual and indifferent attitude with all 'air's and graces' come into it :?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:56 pm 

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It's in an old book I saw recently on Rochdale and Rossendale words (Cunliffe I think), but not in the standard work on Craven dialect.
Now it was my brother-in-law who used it recently, and he is from Burnley, but has Rossendale ancestry. I guess it it only northern anyway.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:53 pm 
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My grandfather used to say 'air' meaning to take something from ice cold to tepid....as in a cold drink to room temperature.
"Tha needs t'air that un afore ye drink et.....cald stuff is bad for t'ealth"


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