Re: RARA-AVIS: Irish (and a touch of British) questions

From: Allan Guthrie (
Date: 09 Oct 2006

There's no UK edition of American Skin.

Four Spring Dwarf Technique is a pun on 90s German car advertisements.


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  Sent: Monday, October 09, 2006 3:15 AM
  Subject: RARA-AVIS: Irish (and a touch of British) questions

  I'm reading Ken Bruen's The Priest. Got a question:

  The psychiatrist in the madhouse wore "a Claddagh ring on her wedding
  finger, heart turned in." I kinda know what a Claddagh ring is, but
  what's the significance of its being turned in?

  I also picked up Bruen's new one, American Skin. It opens with a short
  glossary of Irish slang. I haven't read it yet, but given that it's set
  on this side of the pond, I'm guessing there's also a fair amount of US
  slang. Does the UK edition open with a glossary of US slang?

  I watched the unrated director's cut of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking
  Barrels last night. During the end credits is featured the full
  treatment of one of the jokes told earlier, but not in their entirety.
  It's a story about a little person who puts springs on his hands and
  feet before screwing a whore. Turns out it's the best she's ever had,
  asks what he calls it: The Four Spring Dwarf Technique. I must admit I
  don't get it. Is it playing off some sort of East End London slang I
  don't know or am I just oblivious?



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