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January 11th, 2008
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The 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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