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Alanna
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6:01 pm Jan 16, 2007

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Originally posted by Fabala
quote:
Originally posted by Alanna
I... fiddly bits...


What's a fiddly?

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Originally posted by Alanna
... a Pako...


Forget fiddly, what's a Pako???


Fiddly? Fiddly? Please tell me that that's not just Australian English and that there is somebody else out there who says fiddly!!! I don't even know what other word to use in its place!!

Nice work on the Pako link, Rife, I knew I could count on you... Wink

Stitching Stitching I also thought I would use the new smiley that Meredith has so kindly and appropriately added.
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Fabala
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6:49 pm Jan 16, 2007

I think I just fell in love with the Pako... here I've been re-threading every color change!!!

And I looked up fiddly on dictionary.com and came back with no results...

Now, if you look under "fiddle" you get the following:

fid·dle /ˈfɪdl/ noun, verb, -dled, -dling.
–noun
1. a musical instrument of the viol family.
2. violin: Her aunt plays first fiddle with the state symphony orchestra.
3. Nautical. a small ledge or barrier raised in heavy weather to keep dishes, pots, utensils, etc., from sliding off tables and stoves.
4. British Informal. swindle; fraud.

–verb (used without object)
5. to play on the fiddle.
6. to make trifling or fussing movements with the hands (often fol. by with): fiddling with his cuffs.
7. to touch or manipulate something, as to operate or adjust it; tinker (often fol. by with): You may have to fiddle with the antenna to get a clear picture on the TV.
8. to waste time; trifle; dally (often fol. by around): Stop fiddling around and get to work.
9. British Informal. to cheat.

–verb (used with object)
10. to play (a tune) on a fiddle.
11. to trifle or waste (usually used with away): to fiddle time away.
12. Bookbinding. to bind together (sections or leaves of a book) by threading a cord through holes cut lengthwise into the back.
13. British Informal.
a. to falsify: to fiddle the account books.
b. to cheat: to fiddle the company out of expense money.

I think items 6, 7, 8 and 11 come close to your intended meaning, Alanna... Smile
stitcherfe
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11:50 pm Jan 16, 2007

RE: fiddly

Fiddly to me means tedious or small, as I read it in this text. Anyone agree?

Happy Stitiching Razz

Nancy
Alanna
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4:44 am Jan 17, 2007

My goodness, I am so impressed with your efforts, Fabala (and very grateful for your Canadian support, Nancy!)- you're on the path to being a British-American translator!

So, I looked up "fiddly" in the Oxford (most authoritive British English dictionary- what's your American equivalent reference?), and it does mark it as being British informal and gives exactly the definition for the way I use it: "complicated and awkward to do or use". So, there we have it, all that remains is to find out what you would say when I say fiddly! Cool

Oh, and by the way, I know how you feel Fabala about seeing the Pako for the first time- it's a special moment isn't it? Laughing
BarBaraPrz
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8:38 am Jan 17, 2007

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Originally posted by stitcherfe
RE: fiddly

Fiddly to me means tedious or small, as I read it in this text. Anyone agree?

Happy Stitiching Razz

Nancy


I often use that word that way.
Now, can you say, "Slippy"? Laughing
Fabala
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9:09 am Jan 17, 2007

Now slippy I know... I thought it was Pittsbughese.

Its short for "kinda slippery". As in, "be careful driving home, the roads are slippy".

Maybe it's not Pittsburghese, but rather just northern slang - usable for anyone who has to drive on snow, sleet, or ice on a regular basis???
Alanna
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9:19 am Jan 17, 2007

Although I don't use slippy, I can understand it very easily- my brain stretches in all kinds of directions when it comes to language! Wink
Fabala
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9:24 am Jan 17, 2007

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Although I don't use slippy, I can understand it very easily- my brain stretches in all kinds of directions when it comes to language! Wink


You know, they have medication for that now.. and hospitals with nice, soft walls...
Alanna
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9:44 am Jan 17, 2007

How nice of you to say so Fabala! I knew you would be looking out for me Laughing
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2:09 pm Jan 17, 2007

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Originally posted by Fabala
Now slippy I know... northern slang - usable for anyone who has to drive on snow, sleet, or ice on a regular basis???


Maybe you're right... I thought it was Canadian.

But we're getting away from the original reason for this post -- tidy backs. I've thought of another hint: try to keep all the tails going in the same direction.

(Then there's Nair for Men... but that's another thing all together Wink )
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