OT: some word questions

Otter Perry ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Fri Aug 20 12:24:42 EDT 2004

I have two questions about English usage in places where
people speak a different form of English than I.  [I speak
American English.]

1.  Pikeys.  We recently watched the movie 'Snatch' and
it appeared to me that the lowlife protagonists referred
to people I took to be Roma as 'Pikeys'.  [I was very
confused at first because I heard it as 'Pakkis' [or is
it 'Pakis'?] but eventually realized [with the help of
the English subtitles and the listing of DVD features]
that 'Pikeys' was the word.]

Why Pikeys?

2.  soldiers.  I have noticed several times in the
more recent Terry Pratchett novels a mention of
'soldiers' as something one makes out of toasted
bread and butter.  Maybe?  What are these soldiers
of which he writes?


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