Post by Sid Nuncius Post by Mike Post by Penny
We had a lesson (probably near the end of term) in my first German class
where we went through a booklet of German idioms. The only ones I can
Abwarten und tee trinken - which sounded like a better idea than wait and
see; and one which translated as 'raining as it does in Manchester' - which
was news to me, I'd never been to Manchester.
I remember landing at Manchester, when I was about six. It was pouring.
I'm not sure if I've ever been there since.
Post by Sid Nuncius Post by Mike
Tony Hancock: The Radio Ham, in which Tony communicates with a fellow ham
known as ‘Manchester Drizzle’.
I think they say that if you're in Manchester and you can see the
Pennines, it's about to rain. If you can't see them, it is raining.
Quite a few places have variations on this witticism, I understand.
Yes; the Folkestone equivalent is France. It has to be something
_moderately_ distant (or via haze or similar), such that you can't see
it all the time - or can't be sure. (In Folkestone, you can usually kid
yourself that you can see a line on the horizon, but are not sure
whether it's just a cloud. Occasionally it is _very_ clear, and about
twice [in some decades] I've seen it so clear I could kid myself I can
see details - I think there's a magnifying effect under unusual weather
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when
you make it again. -Franklin P. Jones