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MN Etiquette.

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Carmenere Mon 21-Jul-08 11:29:10

I think that mn needs a bit of a guide to its specific local etiquette.

There are tons on unspoken 'rules' on here that you don't know if you don't live on spend lots of time on here.

Swearing in thread titles offends some, not me as it happens, but I do know it offends others so I don't do it.

Text speak is obviously a no no.

Ghoulish thread titles in the news section are ill advised.

Writing without paragraphs is another one that causes confusion and upset.

Basically it can be a bit of a minefield for a new poster. I don't think that it deserves a whole topic but maybe folks could add to this thread and it might be a good place to direct newbies to.

RealityGap Tue 29-Jul-08 10:25:25

Norks Everywhere

My Oxford Dictionary of Australian Colloquialisms, Cassell’s Dictionary of Slang, and the Oxford English Dictionary all list NORKS with no mention of NORAS:

NORKS (originally Australian) [1960s and still in use - they’ve been in use for a lot longer than that (<)] (also norgies, norgs, norkers) A woman’s breast. Usually in the plural [origin uncertain: the wrapping on Norco Co-operative Ltd. butter manufacturer from New South Wales, featured a cow’s utter on its labels]

<1962 “Hello, honey, that sweater—one deep breath and your NORKS will be in my soup.”— The Delinquents by C. Rohna, page 157>

<1966 “Nork, a female breast, usually in plural. (Ex Norco Co-operative Ltd., a butter manufacturer in N.S.W.). The form NORG is reported from Melbourne.”—The Australian Language (edition 2) by S. J. Baker, x. page 215>

<1970 “Wow, she’s peeled right off. What NORKS!”—Let’s Hear it for Prendergast by Barry Oakley

<1972 “She's only a body, all she's got is big NORKS.”—The Thrill Machine by I. Hamilton, iii. page 17>

<1973 “Hits herself in the eye with an independent NORK it isn't any laughing matter.”—The Eye of the Storm by P. White, page 593>

<1980 “All Maureen’s got to do is trail one of her big lovely NORKS at him and the bugger dashes off another one of his press releases.”—Thomas Keneally in Days of Wine and Rage edited by Frank Moorhouse, page 252>

<1999 “Mammary glands, it would seem, are a constantly expanding vista awaiting its conqueror: from mounds to hills to peaks to cliffs to mountains to Tetons to hemispheres to globes to the Milky Way. Peepers can be all that is in this universe as well as what isn't, from the incantatory (cha-chas, che-chees, moo-moos, yayas) to the nonsensical (choozzies, diddies, dubbies, norgies, NORKS, noogies, wongas) to the vaguely religious (goonas, jaboos, tora-loorals).”—Esquire, 1 February>

<2002 “What about when she flashed her NORKS on national TV as a birthday present for the host?”—Age (Melbourne) (Nexis) (Culture section), 28 March, page 7> Culture? (<)

<2004 “Mums-to-be Gwyneth Paltrow and Sara Cox show they're really shaping up for motherhood - to the delight of their fans. . . Sara, back from Brazil . . .told Radio 1 listeners this week: ‘My NORKS are huge.’ Seems our Sara has hit the big time all round . . .”—The Record (London), 26 March>

<2006 “It must be almost impossible model, or whatever, Katie Jordan to put the kettle on without those NORKS getting in the way, . . .”—Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland) 13 November>

RealityGap Tue 29-Jul-08 10:20:55

thanks ScottishMummy for sorting my rubbishy link - I have just realised that there is a big paragraph next to this box that tells me how to make it neat and tidy

perhaps that is another rule that I have broken - crud links??

My dp has always called them 'norks' don't know where he got it from, he's from the SW?

zippitippitoes Tue 29-Jul-08 09:35:19

i seem to break quitre a few of these rules

ScottishMummy Tue 29-Jul-08 09:28:40

norks sound positively agricultural.

thumbwitch Tue 29-Jul-08 09:26:56

ta for that never heard it outside MN either (and DH is Australian)

ScottishMummy Tue 29-Jul-08 09:19:23

your link i associate norks wholly with MN,dont actually like the word though

RealityGap Tue 29-Jul-08 09:12:39

Nork is slang (originally and principally Australian English) for breast

thumbwitch Mon 28-Jul-08 23:02:26

just thought I'd have another attempt at finding out where the term "norks" came from...

Anyone? smile

Housemum Sun 27-Jul-08 14:04:41

We have a Gobley Hole near Basingstoke...

QuintessentialShadows Sun 27-Jul-08 07:22:19

I cant answer that, I have never thought to ask! But I love the word! I came across a Norks Way in Surrey, and it made me giggle. grin

thumbwitch Sun 27-Jul-08 00:46:55

he he - may of the posts on here made me laugh. As a newish MNer, I have probably fallen foul of a few of these non-rules but hey! live and learn.

One thing I would like to know is where on earth did the word "nork" come from? Understand it and have used it but it's a new one on me...

KerryMum Sun 27-Jul-08 00:24:49

feck off the lot of you

QuintessentialShadows Sun 27-Jul-08 00:19:09

Oh, nobody has mentioned: Dont have an affair with another mumsnetter. The fallout will be ugly.

RealityGap Sat 26-Jul-08 23:46:56

is just jumping to the end of a thread to * wave * and say hi and ask if I can come and play against all the MN's rules?

squilly Sat 26-Jul-08 23:12:17

AbbeyA...I'm only on Page 2 and already I've hit one of my worst ones. Getting het up at an op, responding before the end then realising I've gone overboard/not seen retraction/mellowing of original point.

Am currently ignoring at least one of the threads I'm on cos of this.

In my defence, I was premenstrual at the time and dh escaped with his life, so really not so bad.

abouteve Sat 26-Jul-08 20:18:11

Thank god I'm over the brat flicks stage now.

Rhubarb Sat 26-Jul-08 20:11:02

wally was ok, not bad,, ok but I caould have done with a horror myself, I hate brats flicks, but twas ok, kids liked it. Highs chool musical looks SHITE!

abouteve Sat 26-Jul-08 20:08:21

Sorry was Wall e any good? I thought you meant that it was crap. Must lay off the wine myself.

abouteve Sat 26-Jul-08 20:07:11

Everyones saying this about Wall e.

Rhubarb Sat 26-Jul-08 20:04:41

got kids sausages rolls and puies for their dinner.

went to piccys to see whassa film, shassa, oh yeah wally. saw ad for high school brats 3. whadda load of CRAP!

abouteve Sat 26-Jul-08 20:02:43

SS on the way to Rhubarbs house as we speak grin.

Housemum, you got me!

Was in Greggs today, loads of parents buying Sausage rolls for their little darlings. I didn't buy anything, honest.

Rhubarb Sat 26-Jul-08 19:58:32

I hate them ones what go on threads when thyey is pissed cause that is just really really bad manners that is. I mean, you should give advice and sthit and when soleone turns up who is clearly opissed, well that'sjust taking the piss that is. In charge of kiddis an all, that's disgusting. I'd call in the ss.

missorinoco Sat 26-Jul-08 19:57:17

Who is the man in the red suit?
Is this an acronym for Santa, or a mumsnet subtlety I've missed?

<nervously checks punctuation before posting>

Housemum Sat 26-Jul-08 09:42:09

~ symbol - if it's a tilde it must belong on cookery threads - it means basmati rice for tea (or is that Tilda??!)

I can't believe no one has mentioned the forbidden use of the F-word - thou shalt not mention the Fruit Shoot (aka the urine of the devil)

Also, if you have a child who models be prepared to be shot down in flames.

And you should just know about the one shouldn't need to ask

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