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Offline Norfolk Slim

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A "Tipple"
« on: October 02, 2013, 02:21:06 PM »
Now in the UK a tipple is a refreshing adult drink of your choice...

I'm sure I've seen a definition as it applies in (for instance) Worried Miner's Blues (Aint gonna work on no tipple) somewhere at sometime, but I can't seem to find it anywhere.  Can someone enlighten me please?

I'm intending to do a version at an open mic this weekend and it would be nice to explain the term before playing it!

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Re: A "Tipple"
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2013, 02:25:23 PM »
A tipple is a mining rail car that dumps coal, usually from a bridge so coal can pile up underneath for distribution.  A side dumping rail car. 

Another song reference is Luke Jordan's Church Bell Blues.

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Re: A "Tipple"
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2013, 02:28:02 PM »
of course, I then went and looked it up  :P --- not exactly right, but close!

  http://www.thefreedictionary.com/tipple

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Re: A "Tipple"
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2013, 06:46:42 PM »
Its only one "L"

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Re: A "Tipple"
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013, 02:12:14 AM »
Its only one "L"

My first thought as well, O'Muck, but then realised Slim was talking about something else completely.
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Re: A "Tipple"
« Reply #5 on: October 03, 2013, 05:17:31 AM »
I would say then that it probably means playing a small 10 string guitar shaped instrument at a Bar. ;)
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Offline Lyle Lofgren

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Re: A "Tipple"
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2013, 05:53:58 AM »
A tipple is a mining rail car that dumps coal, usually from a bridge so coal can pile up underneath for distribution.  A side dumping rail car. 

Another song reference is Luke Jordan's Church Bell Blues.

The singer in "Ginseng Blues" also isn't going to load no tipple. I'm pretty sure the tipple they're not going to load is the stationary kind, as pictured in the 3rd picture from the top at http://www.tngenweb.org/scott/fnb_v08n2_O&W_railroad.htm . It would obviously have to be loaded with coal before it could dump coal into the railroad cars underneath.

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Re: A "Tipple"
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2013, 06:26:21 AM »
Thanks Lyle - not at all like I imagined!

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