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Offline David E

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'Foreigner', Frigger, End-of-Day, Whimsey?
« on: February 11, 2007, 12:33:25 PM »
Following a discussion on another thread about the glass fish 'frigger', I thought I'd open up this subject again, with a slightly different slant.

I have also come across another term to describe these items: "foreigner". Might be a colloquial expression purely deriving from the Midlands, UK (it was also an accepted term in other Midlands industries), but was used to indicate an item that was produced illicitly for resale or personal use, whereas making a "frigger", as pointed out elsewhere, was often condoned by the glassworks as a means for the workers to improve their skills.

I actually came across a series (15, I think, across that many months) of articles in Pottery Gazette and Glass Trade Review that discussed Friggers in great detail, which I might go back and photograph at some stage.

I'm wondering if there are other colloquial terms for 'knock-offs' (illicitly produced items) that have been overlooked? :)

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Re: 'Foreigner', Frigger, End-of-Day, Whimsey?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2007, 04:00:19 AM »
I've also seen the word "homer" in the same sense as "foreigner", used by a paperweight maker from Scotland, David.

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