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Billy the Bus the word 'ruck':lancs/chshire/staffs? (37) RE: the word 'ruck':lancs/chshire/staffs? 29 Aug 03

Colonial New Zealand inherited our "Anglo" vocabulary in the 1800s. Rather surprisingly, considering our late 'Colonisation' and small population, regional word-usage still survives to a limited extent. At one time or another, over the past 60 years, I've heard the word "Ruck" used in all the above contexts, and with the same variations in "twang". Greg, 50 years back, "Ruck = Crowd" was relatively common here. Now, for some reason, the Rugby definition has taken over.

Cheers - Sam in NZ (who hasn't watched Rugby since it went 'professional'}

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