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Free the Word: Twining

28 September 2017

Ode to Twining by Katie Hale

BBC Radio Cumbria

Twining by Katie Hale

Def: To moan, to complain. Suggested by listeners to BBC Radio Cumbria.

The week summer slammed the door so hard the valley rumbled from its leaving, you couldn’t move for moaning.

def | to moan; to complain.

From the 19th century onwards the evidence shows that the verb twine is used both specifically of a baby crying and more generally to describe anyone fretting, whining, or complaining. Although the word is recorded across the north of England and some parts of Scotland, it is particularly associated with Cumbria.

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