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Thread #15265   Message #346498
Posted By: Geoff the Duck
25-Nov-00 - 09:21 AM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Jack Ashton (Keith Marsden)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Jack Ashton
I would agree that locally in West Yorkshire a cricket ball was known as a "corky", which distinguished it from other types of ball which were soft.
As for the phrase "old devil" it doesn't really mean the same thing as "old bugger". We would refer to someone as an old devil if they were a bit of a rogue, but the type of rogue who might be a bit mischievous rather than unpleasant. In the case of Jack Ashton, the sort of person who will tell the most outrageously exaggerated lies, but with a twinkle in his eye. The sort of person who makes the world a brighter and (safely) more dangerous a place. Someone who you can secretly admire, and wish that you could get away with the same kind of mischief.
An (grumpy) old bugger in my experience is more likely to be someone who you do not have the same respect for.