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MGM·Lion tailors in folk song (9) RE: tailors in folk song 10 May 16


According to Dorothy L Sayers' novel The Nine Tailors, that quote refers to the fact that the death of a woman should be signalled to the parish by six tolling strokes ("tailors") of the great tenor bell, but that of a man by nine: hence "Nine tailors maketh [ie indicates] a man". This usage of "tailor" is confirmed by Chambers Dictionary -- "a teller stroke (bellringing, esp dialect".

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