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January 11th, 2008
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The bach




Three bedrooms, fibrolite, painted yellow and furnished with 50's garage sale castoffs and recycled carpet. The wallpaper dates from the early 80's, when my parents were doing the place up. 
It's a comfortable mean between the architecturally designed seaside palaces and the one room, no electricity, no inside loo shacks that also share the title 'bach'.

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From:wcg
Date:January 11th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)
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Is that 'bach' as in 'bachelor pad'? Or is it pronounced like Johan Sebastian's family name?

Looks like a nice little house.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:January 11th, 2008 04:06 am (UTC)
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The former - there may be a connection there. 'Course if we were down in Mich's vicinity, it'd be called a crib.
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From:micheinnz
Date:January 11th, 2008 07:38 am (UTC)
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Unless it were called a bach. The "crib" thing is not universal in the South Island -- there are no "cribs" near Christchurch, frinstance.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:January 12th, 2008 03:16 am (UTC)
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I was under the impression that the terminology changed somewhere between Timaru and Oamaru - or is crib more of a Southland thing? I have the vague impression that "crib" is Scottish in origin. Dunno how this relates to US urban usage - or indeed to enclosed infant beds, but I'd be surprised if there wasn't a connection somewhere.
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From:micheinnz
Date:January 12th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
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Ah, thre's a piece of information you didn't initially have, which is that I grew up in Christchurch, so was initially mystified and then annoyed by the whole "they call them cribs in the South Island" business, because we _didn't_.

I'm not sure where the terminology changes. People talk about either at Aramoana, for instance.
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From:dianavilliers
Date:January 12th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
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Ah yes I knew you were originally from Christchurch but you've been living in Dunedin for the whole time I've known you, so I kind of geographically have you pegged as south of the South Island. Sorry.

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From:micheinnz
Date:January 12th, 2008 11:10 pm (UTC)
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All good, not a problem.
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From:wcg
Date:January 11th, 2008 01:11 pm (UTC)
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That's interesting. American urban slang uses crib to mean a person's home. In earlier times the term was used to refer to a small, typically one-room place often used for questionable purposes.
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