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Old May 16 2011, 04:37 AM   #1
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Stagnation o t'lungs?

My grandpa and I were lent the entire BBC production "James Heriot's All Creatures Great and Small."

The portrayed rural residents of the Yorkshire Dales at times describe their recently died animals as dying of or getting a "stagnation o t'lungs."

Can I get a translation?
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Old May 16 2011, 04:44 AM   #2
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Re: Stagnation o t'lungs?

It means they stopped breathing... er, died.
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Old May 16 2011, 05:25 AM   #3
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Re: Stagnation o t'lungs?

Well the o t'lungs part is simply "of the lungs" - not sure why they'd say stagnation, but I guess it means the lungs stopped working.
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Old May 16 2011, 05:31 AM   #4
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Re: Stagnation o t'lungs?

I believe they mean fluid in the lungs. If I recall correctly, in All Creatures, there was a local knacker (guy who runs the slaughterhouse) who believed he knew how to diagnose a sick animal just by looking at it. His usual diagnosis was "stagnation o' lung," which, of course, was complete BS and irritated young James Herriot to no end.

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Old May 16 2011, 05:41 AM   #5
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Re: Stagnation o t'lungs?

^ now I know the etymology of 'getting knackered' (drunk). Thank you.
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Re: Stagnation o t'lungs?

^ I thought "knackered" meant tired?
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Old May 16 2011, 05:48 AM   #7
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Re: Stagnation o t'lungs?

I'm tired when I'm drunk.
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Old May 16 2011, 08:12 AM   #8
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knackered = wasted = beat
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Old May 16 2011, 10:24 AM   #9
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This was a really good show, based on really good books. I remember watching this show every week when I was a kid.
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Old May 16 2011, 10:29 PM   #10
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Re: Stagnation o t'lungs?

auntiehill wrote: View Post
I believe they mean fluid in the lungs. If I recall correctly, in All Creatures, there was a local knacker (guy who runs the slaughterhouse) who believed he knew how to diagnose a sick animal just by looking at it. His usual diagnosis was "stagnation o' lung," which, of course, was complete BS and irritated young James Herriot to no end.

I LOVE those books.
Aye. Mallock was the man, had "fellmonger" written on side of his lorry.

Mr Biggens was another annoyance of Heriot.
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Re: Stagnation o t'lungs?

I am appalled that this thread hit double digits without anyone mentioning Tricky Woo.
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Old May 16 2011, 10:37 PM   #12
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Mrs. Pumphrey spoils that dog waaay too much.

And poor Hodgekin.
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Old May 17 2011, 01:48 AM   #13
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Shatnertage wrote: View Post
I am appalled that this thread hit double digits without anyone mentioning Tricky Woo.
I was going to but then I went flop bot.
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