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English translation: china shop

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14:19 Mar 14, 2007
English to English translations [PRO]
Poetry & Literature / Dickens
English term or phrase: chaney shop
Greetings,

It’s from Dickens’s “Martin Chuzzlewit”, on this site, for example:

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/968/968-h/968-h.htm


'Why, he's own uncle to Capricorn,' said Bailey, 'and brother to Cauliflower. He's been through the winders of two chaney shops since we've had him, and was sold for killin' his missis. That's a horse, I hope?'

I have checked with other versions of the text that it’s not a misprint.

All the best,

Simon
SeiTT
United Kingdom
Local time: 07:33
English translation:china shop
Explanation:
I found this http://dickens.classicauthors.net/goingintosociety/
Dickens' Going into Society, where he talks about
front door and parlour winders. (WINDOWS)
and a "chaney sarser" (china saucer)

In other words, the horse kicked in the windows in two china (dishware) shops ... HTH
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Patricia Rosas
United States
Local time: 23:33
Grading comment
many thanks, excellent
4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer

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32 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +7
china shop


Explanation:
I found this http://dickens.classicauthors.net/goingintosociety/
Dickens' Going into Society, where he talks about
front door and parlour winders. (WINDOWS)
and a "chaney sarser" (china saucer)

In other words, the horse kicked in the windows in two china (dishware) shops ... HTH

Patricia Rosas
United States
Local time: 23:33
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 20
Grading comment
many thanks, excellent

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Jack Doughty: I had thought it might be chandler's shop, but I find your suggestion much more likely.
6 mins
  -> What a good mystery to start us on our day! I finally realized the answer was in the pronunciation! Thx!

agree  David Cahill
21 mins
  -> thanks!

agree  NancyLynn: that's the problem with authors writing in "dialect", to convey the accent and slang of the times... good one Patricia!
46 mins
  -> I remember reading Tale of Two Cities as a child, and I think I didn't understand half of it! thx!

agree  Will Matter: Highly idiomatic English, in other words.
1 hr
  -> thank you!

agree  xxxAlfa Trans
4 hrs
  -> thanks, too!

agree  Sophia Finos
5 hrs
  -> thank you!

agree  Erich Ekoputra
11 hrs
  -> thank you!
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