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Old April 28th, 2009, 01:12 PM   #1
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Who knows what a 'spike' is???
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Old April 28th, 2009, 01:26 PM   #2
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Hi Currebell

In what context?

(is this a joke? - lol)
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Old April 28th, 2009, 01:29 PM   #3
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Context of LVP


No its a serious question..not a joke, I know the answer, just wondered if anyone else did...
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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:17 PM   #4
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Spike = the casual ward of a workhouse. (Google search; I hadn't heard it before)

I'd be curious as to how this came to be used as slang for a workhouse.
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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:21 PM   #5
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Seems to be related to the spike used in picking oakum (Google)

I was going to say it was the police helmet or bill/receipt spike but I think Currebell is referring to the workhouse
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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:28 PM   #6
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I dunno what the LVP IS....so no good asking me
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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:29 PM   #7
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LVP = Late Victorian Period

Correct, it refers to the workhouse, I got it from Londons, People of the Abyss...
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Old April 28th, 2009, 04:50 PM   #8
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Oh right....how quaint
So I guess we are now in the PEP?
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Old April 28th, 2009, 05:26 PM   #9
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PEP?????

Post Elizabethan Period?

Pre Extra terrestrial period?
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Old April 28th, 2009, 05:53 PM   #10
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Right CB -the spike in the LVP referred to beng in a workhouse (aka the spike)...on the /in the spike ....and it did refer to the spike used for picking oakum

I've got some great stuff on this subject and will post later as have to get to work tomorrow - sadly x
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