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poacher

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Plimsoles
« on: June 05, 2019, 10:12:02 PM »
Does anybody know where the name for plimsoles was mutton dummies came from I can remember my mum saying put your mutton dummies on also the words singlet or simet for a vest.?

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Re: Plimsoles
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2019, 02:45:58 AM »
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Re: Plimsoles
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2019, 08:45:49 AM »
https://blog.wordnik.com/the-language-of-sneakers

"The curious and wonderful mutton dummy is a Northern Irish term. According to the Oxford Living Dictionaries, it might have originated in the 1930s, “possibly from mutton cloth, ‘a type of cotton cloth used to wrap meat’ (from the resemblance to the material from which the shoes are made),” and dummy, “with reference to the lack of noise they make.”

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/singlet

"Origin  Mid 18th century (originally denoting a man's short jacket): from single (because the garment was unlined)  on the pattern of doublet."

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Re: Plimsoles
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2019, 01:24:59 PM »
And where did 'mutton dummies' come from, and 'gutties'?
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Re: Plimsoles
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2019, 01:53:06 PM »
And where did 'mutton dummies' come from, and 'gutties'?

Yeah , where I come from they were called gutties and were primarily gym shoes and had to be gleaming white for any Boys Brigade gymnastic displays you were taking part in.
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Re: Plimsoles
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2019, 08:36:19 PM »
Yeah , where I come from they were called gutties and were primarily gym shoes and had to be gleaming white for any Boys Brigade gymnastic displays you were taking part in.

Exactly. I can still see and smell the gutties drying on top of the coal bunker after they'd been whitened.
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Re: Plimsoles
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2019, 10:06:55 PM »
I believe that gutties came from gutta percha the biological name for a source of rubber.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gutta-percha

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Re: Plimsoles
« Reply #7 on: June 07, 2019, 08:35:49 AM »
As  children we got new "mutton dummies " at the start of the school holidays  looked like new when whitened   My teenage  grand daughter has been wearing them recently now called "recession shoes "Where I now live they were sometime called "tackies" 

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Re: Plimsoles
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2019, 12:33:45 PM »
use to love the plimsoles to play in for comfit.