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The Real McCoy

Started by: raymyjamie (6779)

The Real McCoy is an idiom or metaphor used in the English speaking world to mean ‘the real thing’ or ‘the genuine article’.

The phrase has been the subject of numerous false etymologies and attributions.

Here are a couple:-

The phrase has been associated with Elijah McCoy’s oil drip lubricator invention of 1872 which was used to oil train wheels.
The theory is that railroad engineers looking to avoid inferior copies would request it by name, inquiring if a lubricator was 'the real McCoy’.

OR

The phrase "The real McCoy" may be a corruption of the Scots "The real MacKay", first recorded in 1856 as: "A drappie o' the real McKay," (A drop of the real MacKay), Messrs McKay of Edinburgh were makers of fine Whisy.
This appeared in a poem Devil's Halloween published in Glasgow and is widely accepted as the phrase's origin.

Started: 22nd Feb 2021 at 19:49

Posted by: madamehmurray (6173) 

Oh I thought that you were talking about the ipd tv show. We love watching the reruns

Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 00:12

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6581)

Erin

raymyjamie comes from a place East of Wigan, which is called Westhoughton, which might or might not be better known by its medieval name of Howfen, and they practice Witchcraft there, where they eat people

The towns inhabitants are from an ancient race of Lancastrian cannibals, who are known as Kehyeds, and they have a penchant for trapping a cows head in a farmyard gate, and then cutting it's head off, and drinking the blood,

Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 00:50

Posted by: broady (16574) 

TTS,
Never knew that and I only lived twenty minutes away. Quite barbaric, but I suppose ,in comparison to the God fearing folk in Abram, most places are.

Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 02:17

Posted by: sonlyme (2786)

Well,i come from Hindley and everyone is polite there.

Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 07:29

Posted by: jathbee (10724)

TTS

Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 08:27

Posted by: raymyjamie (6779)

TTS. I'm partial to a drop of blood LOL !!!!!!!

Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 13:13

Posted by: raymyjamie (6779)

The Waggon and Horses pub on the A6 in Howfen has a painting on the wall depicting the famous Keawyed incident.
Underneath it has written :-

“It’s getten its yed fast in’t gate, ast have to get it eaut some road”.

Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 13:22

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6581)

Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 14:28

Posted by: GOLDEN BEAR (3327) 

raymyjamie:
My first encounter to drinking cows or bulls blood was when i left school in 62' started working at a butchers in frog lane ,just past guardians pub, and as an induction to become a butcher one had to drink the blood at first it was horrid but have to say got used to it ( not a lot ) ( paul daniels) not a lot
over the time i was there i guess i tried it several times ,it's better though when its warm straight from the animal .

Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 14:40

Posted by: Tommy Two Stroke (6581)

Oh Jeeze !!!!

Wiv getten a vampire on here now

Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 15:12

Posted by: tonker (23048) 

"Out in the sticks" is also an idiom or metaphor used in the English speaking world.

"Out in the sticks" - the meaning of out in the sticks what is "out in the sticks": Out in the sticks is a long way from a town or city: In the natural countryside. Outside of - and away from - urban areas.

Learn more:

What does 'Out in the sticks' mean? - Definition ...

If someone lives out in the sticks, they live out in the country, a long way from any metropolitan area. Category: General; This idiom is British English.

"In the sticks" - not connected to 'non-stick' cookware. Or 'Tony Capstick' the dead comedian.

'Cap (stick)' - cap - a hat - worn on the head.

'worn' - past tense of - 'wear'. Wear - Wear (ish) - NOT 'in the sticks'

Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 15:25

Posted by: basil brush (16183)

every time I looked at this heading I always think about van mccoy

Replied: 23rd Feb 2021 at 18:47

Posted by: raymyjamie (6779)

Golden Bear, sorry, only just seen your 14-40 post of yesterday.
I DEFINITELY don’t think I could drink blood, especially straight from the animal warm, and blood is the reason I tend not to eat black puddings, although they are delicious.

Replied: 24th Feb 2021 at 16:11

Posted by: momac (11308) 

Drink blood,no ta..I can't even face meat or fowl.I wouldn't like to get dropped out of a hot air balloon in the middle of a Masaii tribe. lol.

Replied: 24th Feb 2021 at 17:03
Last edited by momac: 24th Feb 2021 at 17:06:03

Posted by: broady (16574) 

I drink Bull’s Blood regularly. Mind you it is the name of a nice red wine.

Replied: 24th Feb 2021 at 17:40

Posted by: raymyjamie (6779)

"I drink Bull’s Blood regularly. Mind you it is the name of a nice red wine."

My sort of drink Bill

Replied: 24th Feb 2021 at 17:42

Posted by: basil brush (16183)

Hahaha????

Replied: 25th Feb 2021 at 11:30

 

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