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PostSubject: Brown Lady - a question   Tue 17 Jun 2008, 8:09 am

http://www.mysteriousbritain.co.uk/hauntings/brownlady.html

Please translate - "potted history" - ??
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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Tue 17 Jun 2008, 3:12 pm

Hi Wombat

It means a brief or summerised history in this context I meant sketchy, or patchy with few details.

Hope this helps, it's been a while since I wrote it.
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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Wed 18 Jun 2008, 2:59 am

"Ten years later in 1936, the most famous event occurred in the potted history of the haunting."

I think the word 'potted' is redundant here.

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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Wed 18 Jun 2008, 3:13 am

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I think the word 'potted' is redundant here.

I'd better find it a job somewhere else then.
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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Wed 18 Jun 2008, 5:26 am

DJP wrote:
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I think the word 'potted' is redundant here.

I'd better find it a job somewhere else then.

Potted salmon is nice. Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Wed 18 Jun 2008, 6:09 am

I think we should write under false names from now on Dan Very Happy.

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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Wed 18 Jun 2008, 6:14 am

(gales of laughter)

Thanks for the translation - every now and again I stumble across a British idiom or bit of slang I don't know. I truly wish that there was some way I could get Americans to adopt the word gobsmacked.

DJP - your piece may be less that you would like it to be, but it answered my question, so you did your job well! Cool
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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Wed 18 Jun 2008, 7:30 am

Glad I could help.

In all honesty it's probably due a re-write having read it through again, although it has been on-line for seven years. I will save my potted descriptions for Salmon (thanks Matt) or plants in future. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Thu 19 Jun 2008, 8:47 am

Sometimes a "potted description" is all that's needed. If I had wanted a full in-depth analysis, I'd have hit the library... I just couldn't remember the circumstances of the infamous photograph. I am so pleased to have stumbled onto this site, as you really do have some really great information pleasantly compressed.
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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Thu 19 Jun 2008, 11:51 am

I must admit that I sometimes forget that the site was originally designed as a simple gazetteer and not a fountain of all knowledge. Whilst copying the site over to the new management system I sometimes pull my hair out thinking we could write so much more about certain places, but I think we have to find the right balance. What has amused me though is that it is always Americans that pick up on our grammar and no one has noticed or at least mentioned that we've spelt places like Sanquhar and Shaftesbury wrong. The new version we're cobbling together won't be error free, but I am getting everywhere spelt correctly....I hope Shocked

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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Fri 20 Jun 2008, 1:39 am

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The new version we're cobbling together won't be


cobbling (1)
- rock fragment: a naturally rounded rock fragment between 64 and 256 mm2.5 and 10 in. in diameter
- pave road with cobblestones: to pave a road with cobblestones

cobbling (2)
- make or repair shoes: to make, repair, or patch footwear (or websites)

Nice one Ian, haven't used that word in a while, definitely a local colloquial
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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Fri 20 Jun 2008, 1:49 am

Joking apart, I have been thinking of putting up a brief history of the site now that we are moving onto a different system, the current site has been running for over 8 years now although the original idea was seeded much earlier than this. We did have a period when the site was on-line but not fully functional via e-mail etc due to other commitments in 05/06. I will post it up soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Fri 20 Jun 2008, 3:35 pm

Wait, cobbling - what's that game you play with nuts? Conkers?

I'm not worried about spelling - just delighted to have found a place where i can say, "er, moving coffins?" an d someone can jog what is left of my memory.
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PostSubject: Re: Brown Lady - a question   Mon 23 Jun 2008, 11:15 am

You play conkers with conkers (horse chestnuts), there was however a 15th century game played with hazlenuts called cobnuts (found this out by accident).
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