Discussion in 'Urban Legends & Folklore' started by McAvennie, Apr 7, 2009.
Not to disparage for one moment, Mr. Wodehouse's brilliance with words; but, Mungoman -- the word "radge" being new to me, I resorted to the Online Dictionary: gives it as "wild, crazy, violent" [Scottish, informal]. I see the old slang term "perisher" as denoting someone annoying / uncouth / offensive; but basically rather silly and ineffectual (as Spode was, for sure). Or has the r-word acquired new meanings?
PC plumbs new depths.
Radge is a corruption/variation of rage, I think.
It took on a life of its own north of the border and became a person (of wild and dangerous temperament) and an decriptive adjective of the same or the mood/actions associated with such a person.
Silly arse then?
That's more like it ! I get the impression that the chap would have liked to be (a) radge; but hadn't a clue about how to actually perform that feat.
It might be supposed that in 1945, with war with Nazi Germany recently concluded, supporters of Nazism would not have been tolerated in Britain at all. Although the British government was aware that a few of its citizens supported National Socialism, its general policy was to ignore them. However, the discovery of a ‘church’ at Kingdom House, near Petworth in Sussex, set up by a group styling itself the League of Christian Reformers (LCR) and dedicated to the worship of Adolf Hitler, stretched the patience of the war-weary nation to the limit.
In November 1945, while reports of the Belsen trial were making headline news, another story hit the front pages of national newspapers. It began with the controversial auction of the contents of the German embassy in London. Among the items sold was a granite bust of Hitler, purchased for £500 by Captain Robert Gordon-Canning, a leading member of the British Union of Fascists (BUF) before the war. John Larratt Battersby, another former BUF member, also attended and bought some Nazi flags. They told reporters that their purchases were destined for Kingdom House, where the League of Christian Reformers had established a church.
Questions were asked in Parliament and the reply of the Home Secretary, James Chuter Ede, brought the League of Christian Reformers to public attention. He ‘entirely shared the feelings of revulsion against the LCR which, in the guise of religion, sought to make a cult of Hitler and of the forces of evil which the United Nations have recently successfully overcome’. But unless they broke the law, he added, nothing could be done.
Here's an interesting story
Sailor's rape confession uncovered in 17th-century journal
He ended up marrying her & they had several children. Full story at link.
An illustration from his journal
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