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all the signs of the sea...

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- cheesey chips anyone?

- umm, octopus anyone?

- scratty signs are the best

- stop!
17th Jan 2007, 11:06   | tags:,,,

I'd love some cheesy chips, mega portion please. I'll pass on the octopus. Where was that shoe's sign? Why do you have to leave them there?

17th Jan 2007, 11:51

it was outside a closed-down trampoline amusement type thingy on paignton pier. very niiice...

17th Jan 2007, 11:58

factotum says:

I looked scratty up in the dictionary, wondering if it was a "real" word. (I agree scratty signs ARE the best)
Scratty wasn't in the OED, but I learned a new word anyway: scran
scran 1. food, eatables 2. remains of food
bad scran = bad luck

The blue ropes make the no Entry sign my favourite photo.

17th Jan 2007, 12:06

aaah, scran. a word used mostly in the north i think. i remember it from school.

i like the no entry sign best as well - its got some strange colours in it thanks to the stormy sky that day.

17th Jan 2007, 12:09

paintist says:

I like the no entry sign...its the relaxed droop of the bottom ropes that make it look....less authoritarian, more a suggestion...

17th Jan 2007, 12:23

A scouser friend of mines dad offered me scran once and I thought he was trying to sell me drugs...

17th Jan 2007, 12:43

p - its like a little ropey shrug : )

benos - he probably was...

17th Jan 2007, 12:46

hildegard says:

Always thought scran was military slang (where's Spoon-Lamp when we need him? He knows a few squaddies).
Cheesy chips with gravy is Canada's national dish en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poutine

17th Jan 2007, 13:14

i think you're absolutely right hildegard. it is military. my boss has confirmed for me :)

cheesy chips with gravy is called 'sexy chips' where i'm from :D

17th Jan 2007, 13:17

Scran is a northern term for food.

Port & Starboard scran spanners
Navy/Mil-knife & fork

In Stoke / Staffordshire snappin is a term used for food in particular packed lunches.

17th Jan 2007, 13:21

factotumNLI says:

Poutine is Quebec's national dish, not really Canada's.

17th Jan 2007, 13:23

"scran" is found in many traditional folk songs, particularly from the northeast of england and does seem to fit in with the geordie dialect - the scousers probably nicked it. My dad was a coalminer in west yorkshire and used to take a "snap tin" to work with him. I like keeping the old words alive, and always get strange looks when lunchtime comes around and I announce Snap Time!

17th Jan 2007, 14:36

the coast is the best place to find scratty signs, especially in winter before they're tarted up for the season!

17th Jan 2007, 14:37

hildegard says:

Factotum, maybe national dish in the sense that chicken tikka masala seems to be the UK's national dish.. . ;)

17th Jan 2007, 15:41

Im hungry...

17th Jan 2007, 15:59

factotumNLI says:

scran,squaddies,scousers,snappin, snap tins...Great S words!

17th Jan 2007, 16:21