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From: "Alan Ainger" <>
Subject: Re: Boy, oh boy!:-)
Date: Tue, 17 Sep 2002 13:18:14 +0100
In North East Essex it was, and may still be, used as a determinative - as in
'the boy John' or 'the girl Jane'. This was only of apparent benefit if there
was a boy called Francis and a girl called Frances in the same circle of
I can certainly remember some 'boys' who were in their 70's so it had nothing to
do with age!
This is a completely different usage to the suffix Boy or Boyo which seems to be
a sort of friendly word, rather like 'mate'.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Cavill" <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 17, 2002 10:34 AM
Subject: Boy, oh boy!:-)
> One of my great uncles in Flintshire, nth wales was always known as
> Boy(nothing else attached) until his death in old age. Why? My Mother has no
> That's interesting, J; as well as puzzling.
> Pete Cavill
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