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Walking or running up a bank - does that make sense?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by classixuk, Jun 3, 2010.


  1. classixuk

    classixuk PetForums VIP

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    Just a quick question...

    Last week, I was entertaining some friends, and took them out for dinner to a nice Indian restaurant in the village.

    Towards the end of the meal, they were getting rather jovial and began taking the piss.

    I told them jokingly, "Mind where these jokes are heading, otherwise you'll be walking up that bank instead of being driven up it", as I pointed out of the window towards the steep road that climbs back up towards my house.

    They looked perplexed.

    Within a couple of minutes, I discovered that neither of them (nor my OH) had ever heard of a steep hill being referred to as "a bank".

    Is that just a north-east thing then? Does anyone else here sometimes call a steep hill, "a bank"?

    Also, can you think of any local words from your area that we can all have a guess at?
     
  2. KateandCasper

    KateandCasper PetForums Member

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    No I think a lot of people havent heard of it, I crashed my car many years ago and when people asked what had happened I told them I had crashed in to a bank - most people thought I had driven in to a branch of Barclays not a grassy hill!!! That said Im from down south so not sure if it is a regional thing.
     
  3. Inca's Mum

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    Aye, it's a bank :D
     
  4. PembrokeMadhouse

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    A bank is either a financial institution or it can also be a grassy slope ...
     
  5. Savahl

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    Im down south (Or Daarn saarth) and we call them banks too. We have a contractors bank at work! (the contractor cabins are all at the top)

    We dont have anywords that I can think of but as we orginally were a town for London overflow, I get alot of people using rhyming slang which always confuses me! People working strictly bangers on the side and what not.
     
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    I call it a bank and I'm in South Wales :)
     
  7. xxsarahpopsxx

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    Its called a bank in scotland aswell, although you rarely hear it in the city. Back in the borders though, there are banks everywhere :D
     
  8. Zaros

    Zaros Pet Forums, P/resident Evil

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    There are 'Banks' all over britain. One of the more popular I believe is Sutton Bank. An area famed for Hang gliding.
    Then of course there's Dogger Bank (Sandy area in the North Sea) often heard on the sea weather forecast and a famous place and date in history.
    Classixuk I suspect you may be rather interested in this little snip of information because not only is it referred to as the 'Dogger Bank' incident but also the 'Incident of Hull' or 'Russian Outrage' Early 1900's :thumbup: ;)
     
  9. TheJockess_&_WeeAngus

    TheJockess_&_WeeAngus PetForums Junior

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    I'm originally from Scotland and we use the word bank too. Maybe not for a hill with a road, but definitely for a steep hill :lol:
     
  10. TheJockess_&_WeeAngus

    TheJockess_&_WeeAngus PetForums Junior

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    LOL I made near enough the same comment. Are you from Scotland? :D
     
  11. TheJockess_&_WeeAngus

    TheJockess_&_WeeAngus PetForums Junior

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    Yes, I have one, even though I've been gone from Scotland for 25 years this is one word I'll never forget:

    STOOKIE......... Can anyone guess what this means? hahahhaha
     
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  12. xxsarahpopsxx

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    yup sure am. Born and raised in the borders but at uni just now in edinburgh., Where in scotland were you from? :thumbup:
     
  13. xxsarahpopsxx

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    haha i do I love that word
     
  14. TheJockess_&_WeeAngus

    TheJockess_&_WeeAngus PetForums Junior

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    Oops and I meant word not world lol. I'm from Hamilton, south west of glasgow. It's probably only about 20 minutes from Glasgow. :D
     
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  15. catz4m8z

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    I use it too.
    small slope=bank
    big slope=hill
    HUGE slope=mountain!:D
     
  16. Paws&Claws

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    im in yorkshire and ive never heard of it :p x
     
  17. Spellweaver

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    I'm originally from Yorkshire and I've heard it in common use - I've also heard it used to bank up something - ie put a slope against something to support it.

    Here's a couple of other Yorkshire words that people at work laugh at me for using - does anyone else use them/know what they mean?

    skerrick

    siden (this is a verb - I siden, you siden, he sidens etc)
     
  18. flufffluff39

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    Yeh I call a steep incline a bank :) In wales alot of people say butt as a pleasant greeting :) Do they use that anywhere else or just wales??
     
  19. Mr Gizmo

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    I've heard that before an I'm an out and out southerner.
    What about riverbank?.
     
  20. jo1234

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    Ha ha - I had a stookie on for 6 weeks at the beginning of the year!!!:lol:

    And yep bank or banking = a steep hill!

    How about this one: gadz
     
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