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Language Question
« on: September 25, 2013, 02:43:56 pm »
Friend of mine ran across the term "Lollipop" for a person who helps someone get across the street.  A sort of crossing guard type thing.  Allegedly the term was UK in origin. I've not been able to find any references on the websites I use to track down words.  Has anyone else run into this usage?  Anyone have an idea where it came from and why? 

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Re: Language Question
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2013, 08:19:10 pm »
According to the all knowing Wikipedia:

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Crossing guards are known by a variety of names, the most widely used in the United Kingdom and Australia being "lollipop lady/man", a reference to the large signs used that resemble lollipops.

The Oxford Dictionary also defines 'lollipop lady' as

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noun
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a woman (or man) who is employed to help children cross the road safely near a school by holding up a circular sign on a pole to stop the traffic.
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Re: Language Question
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2013, 06:31:48 am »
aww c'mon!  the lollipop lady or man is ubiquitous to the UK.  They are school crossing patrols.  Generally dressed in bright yellow high vis coats and peaked caps. they get their name for the lollipop shape stop signs they carry to halt traffic.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/9636983/Lollipop-lady-will-set-you-back-55000-parents-told.html
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Re: Language Question
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2013, 04:40:17 pm »
And occasionally the lollipop lady would give you an ACTUAL lolly for your walk home. Sigh.
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Re: Language Question
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2013, 09:12:58 am »
I never had the joy.  my primary school was in the middle of the countryside so it was vehicular access only :(  I was deprived i tell you!
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Re: Language Question
« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2013, 01:17:58 pm »
Thank you all....I didn't have time to dig for this one.   Just FYI real life has become very "interesting" and not in a good way lately.  "Free time" for me has just become listed on the endangered species list.

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« Reply #6 on: October 07, 2013, 10:53:27 am »
tell me about it.  my life has turned rather...ineresting in a nasty way.
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Re: Language Question
« Reply #7 on: October 15, 2013, 01:29:05 pm »
what is this "free time" people are referring too?  :-\
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Re: Language Question
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2013, 03:46:06 pm »
I think its a mythological construct or some sort of mass delusion.

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Re: Language Question
« Reply #9 on: October 16, 2013, 08:13:27 am »
Free time. I have that between 10:25 pm and 10:30 pm. It's marvellous, if I am awake for it!