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Old July 23rd, 2022, 11:19 AM
Tim Lodge
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Default [Dixonary] Round 3288 HARMAN Results

[image: Screenshot 2022-07-23 154852.jpg]Apologies for the delay in getting
these results out - my one-hour promise has turned into nearly three. I've
recently bought a used boat, but haven't been able to launch it until
today, because it needed a bit of work and a safety inspection. So we
towed it to a local marina this morning and launched it on to the River
Thames. So far so good. Then on the way to my mooring the engine started
playing up which took a little while to sort out. It was probably not the
greatest idea to launch on the first Saturday morning of the school
holidays, because there were so many other boats trying to get through the
only lock we had to pass through, so we waited an hour and a half to go
through. We finally got home just before I posted my delay messge. Then we
had to get my daughter and her other half off on a 10-day canoe trip down
the Thames which involved loading the canoe onto her car and loding all
their kit and supplies. They've gone now, so I can turn my attention to
Dixonary.

I'd hoped that you'd all mistake the def I chose as the Keating def, but
Paul posted an even more complex one (No. 10 - the ermine). Shani N and
Johnny B tied for first place with unnatural 5 points each. Johnny is
leading in the rolling scores so he is the new dealer. Five people voted
for the true def (No 7 - the stocks and the constable).

Over to you Johnny - I'm going to lie down!

-- Tim L

*** HARMAN ***

1. an obnoxious or despicable male.
Submitter: Judy Madnick Votes: 4 & 5 Score: 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
Voted for by: Nobody

2. Ox or horse drawn two-wheeled vehicle.
Submitter: Deborah Fein Votes: 8 & 9 Score: 1 + 0 + 0 = 1
Voted for by: Mike Shefler

3. A style of swaddling blanket for newborns.
Submitter: Debbie Embler Votes: 4 & 5 Score: 0 + 0 + 0 = 0
Voted for by: Nobody

4. (Gr. Antiq.) A heavy-armed infantry soldier.
Submitter: Dan Widdis Votes: 5 & 7 Score: 2 + *2* + 0 = 4 *
Voted for by: Judy Madnick, Debbie Embler

5. A smuggler (esp of sheep, from England to France).
Submitter: Shani Naylor Votes: 7 & 8 Score: 3 + *2* + 0 = 5 *
Voted for by: Judy Madnick, Debbie Embler, Dan Widdis

6. a type of wooden saddle used Spaniards in the 14th and 15th centuries.

Submitter: Mike Shefler Votes: 2 & 7 Score: 1 + *2* + 0 = 3 *
Voted for by: Johnny Barrs

7. 1. plural *harmans*, the stocks. 2. Short for *harman-beck* n.: A
constable.
Submitter: OED Votes: - & - Score: 5 + 0 + 0 = D5
Voted for by: Dan Widdis, Shani Naylor, Mike Shefler, Johnny Barrs, Paul
Keating

8. [rural Scot. obs.] a secondary officer of the law who can take
evidence in cases of straying animals etc. Usually used negatively as in
the phrase *dinna tell the harman* [from hardman]
Submitter: Johnny Barrs Votes: 6 & 7 Score: 3 + *2* + 0 = 5 *
Voted for by: Deborah Fein, Shani Naylor, Efrem Mallach

9. Thought to be a threshing floor, known only from the medieval verse
"Twenty turns ye harman round / Cavil, cavil all ye horses" found with an
illustration of same in a copy of "The Owl and the Nightingale" (c. 1200,
author unk.)
Submitter: Efrem Mallach Votes: 8 & 10 Score: 2 + 0 + 0 = 2
Voted for by: Deborah Fein, Paul Keating
10. ermine [OF (h)ermine infl. by eME *harma* < OE *hearma* ‘dormouse,
ferret, stoat, weasel’; remoter etymology disputed, but both poss. ult.
from PIE **kʹormōn* represented by OHG *harmo* and Lithuanian *szermu̇*]
Submitter: Paul Keating Votes: 7 & 9 Score: 1 + *2* + 0 = 3 *
Voted for by: Efrem Mallach

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