Sunday, September 10, 2006

Word fancies

Travelling home with my son Ric yesterday, I was intrigued by this message on the back of a car park ticket he had picked up while at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and left sticking on his windscreen.

"What on earth is a 'zomph area' ?" I asked him innocently.

I leave it to my readers to come up with some imaginative definitions!

6 comments:

stitchwort said...

Clearly an activity you need the lights on for
(that should be "for which you need the lights on", but it still looks wrong).

Judith said...

I am trying to remember a word similar to 'zomphing', used at the time of the Falklands War, to describe some sort of rapid forward movement over the terrain by the troops on foot. Can anyone help?

Sharon J said...

I think it means that if you go any faster than 30 mph then you're likely to zomph into something, possibly a group of migrating frogs.

stitchwort said...

Judith, soldiers used to "yomp" back in the 1970s when I worked for 1 & 3 Training Regiment, Royal Engineers. The RE didn't yomp, it was an occupation of infantry, marching and carrying all their kit in enormous rucksacks. (Engineers built bridges, mostly in attractive spots like Gibraltar.)

Judith said...

Thanks Stitchwort - I came so close to remembering it. At least I knew it was a function of "the poor bloody infantry"!

Gert said...

It's a combination of zoom and ph; ph is short for photo, which means light, so I assume it's somewhere where the lights zoom in and out. Why and how is beyond me.