some discussion on the word 'umsie' as applied to an apprentice.
I have done a lot of searches without much success.
I'm interested in how back the usage of the word may go.
One meaning given is "umm, what's his name".
Could it also be that the apprentice might say "umm" a lot when about to ask a (stupid) question?
Also I wonder what terms were used for tailoring apprentices at the end of the 18C,
equivalent to the naval 'squeaker', 'sprog' etc.
Edited by Charles Bazalgette, 01 October 2011 - 02:04 AM.