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Oh my God.

I woke up this morning to find that an anonymous benefactor had got me a permanent LJ account! Thank you so, so, so much, LJ fairy! You rock! Seriously, that's such an incredibly, incredibly nice thing to do; it brought tears to my eyes. Thank you a million times. And, as slemslempike and cangetmad suggested, if there is a charity you support, let me know in an anonymous comment and I'll make a donation as my way of saying thanks for this amazing generosity.

Also! Thanks to the Fairy, I now have several months left of my current paid account that can be passed on to someone else - anyone want it?

ETA: felinitykat was first past the post, and hence received my bounty! I wish I could give it to everyone who needs it.

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felinitykat
Jun. 8th, 2005 09:21 am (UTC)
Would it be incredibly pikey to say that, if there's nobody more deserving (and I'm sure there is), that I would like it? Am feeling rather grumpy that I couldn't afford a permanent account myself!
stellanova
Jun. 8th, 2005 09:25 am (UTC)
It's yours!
stellanova
Jun. 8th, 2005 09:26 am (UTC)
But, you do know the word "pikey" is used as general anti-Irish racism, though, don't you (it made front page news here last week when a former English ruby captain refered to one of the Irish Lions as a 'pikey')? Any more of that and I'll take it off you!
felinitykat
Jun. 8th, 2005 09:31 am (UTC)
Oh, gosh, sincere apologies for that! I must learn the root of more words that I use all too casually.

Thank you very, very much. You have cheered me up lots.
ladyxoc
Jun. 8th, 2005 10:19 am (UTC)
What on earth is a pikey? Dammit, this is why I wouldn't be able to cut it as a racist, there is more damn stuff to remember than fucking French verbs. Honestly, they must carry little notebooks around with them.
dorianegray
Jun. 8th, 2005 08:59 pm (UTC)
According to my Beautiful Brick (otherwise known as the New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary), "pikey" comes from "piker", which in turn comes from "turnpike road" (a kind of toll road), and means a vagrant, tramp or Gypsy. I've heard a lot of my English friends use it to mean a thief or dishonest person, but I've never heard anyone use it to mean an Irish person (not saying people don't, just that I haven't heard that usage).

I'm seeing a thematic similarity with the 18th century thieves' cant phrase "to pike on the bean", which IIRC means to run away from trouble (e.g., after committing robbery). Unfortunately, I can't find my dictionary of thieves' cant just now.

My Dictionary of Invective, however, knows "piker" (but not "pikey"), and defines it as "a worthless person; a timid plodder who takes no risks; a tightwad, especially in gambling".

(And that was way more than you wanted to know, wasn't it. What can I say? I like dictionaries.)
stellanova
Jun. 8th, 2005 09:32 pm (UTC)
It's very common British slang for Irish travellers (ie members of what we know as the travelling community, not new age travellers who happen to be Irish)- you hear it in gritty TV dramas quite a bit!
dorianegray
Jun. 8th, 2005 09:54 pm (UTC)
That probably explains things; I rarely watch TV and never (deliberately) gritty dramas.

I see the logic, though.
ladyxoc
Jun. 8th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
Bring it on! I love dictionaries.
daegaer
Jun. 8th, 2005 10:16 am (UTC)
Yay for your permanentness!
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