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 Post subject: Re: my sainted aunt
PostPosted: 08 Sep 2018, 12:03 
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Alison H wrote:
That one's to do with playing poker. A flush is 5 cards of the same suit, so a four flusher is someone who only has 4 cards of the same suit but bluffs than they've got five, and it became a general insult.

I just Googled hunk (you get some interesting answers!) because both Joey and Peggy use it, and I've only ever heard it as a compliment :D . Apparently it can be a form of an old American slang word, honyock, which originally meant peasant farmer but came to mean stupid oaf. Thank you, Wikipedia :lol: .

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Anthony Trollope uses 'hunks' as a derogatory term: this from The Three Clerks (one of my favourites)
‘I am sure he is a cross old hunks, though mamma says he’s not’.
I'm sure I've read 'mean hunks' (one of Joey's, ISTR) in Trollope as well) but can't immediately find it. It may take me a while to reread his entire oeuvre....


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And we do know that Joey reads Trollope - isn't it Summer Term where she's reading Orley Farm?


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PostPosted: 08 Sep 2018, 19:42 
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It's definitely 'hunks' that is used rather than 'hunk' and the etymology of the latter is as a mean or disagreeable person, or a miser

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