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Gypsy Origins: Ger the Rigger (31) RE: Origins: Ger the Rigger 08 Feb 07

GER THE RIGGER is a tune of Scottish origin. According to Scottish reference books a "rigger" is either "one who manipulates a market" or "one who supplies clothes" or "one who attaches nozzles to cork and sole-ropes on a herring net". In the 18th century the word "rig" referred to a wanton woman and the verb meant to deflower a maiden. In the 19th century a "rig" was a practical joke and "to go the rig" was to get drunk. The reference quoted to "Corn Rig"s (elsewhere in the notes) suggests that a "rigger" might also be the one who makes the ridges or furrows between adjacent fields.

This is the type of thing i am looking for! Kin i tek my pick? The mental images...........So, you defined Rig in various ways, howzabout 'ger'? thanks!

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