> Never heard of a clippie though. Is that a west coast thing?
>No, Louise, just your youth showing. The one-man bus is a (relatively) >recent concept. Back when greybeards like me had long hair and sideburns, >buses (and trams) had a crew of two. The driver (isolated in his cab) and >the conductor or, more ususally in Scotland, the conductress who punched or >clipped your ticket - hence clippie - generally reserved for the female of >the species.
>Interestingly (to me) the Concise Scots Dictionary gives only one meaning >as "a pert, sharp-tongued girl" (now Ayr) <Hmmm>
>Jim Healy Perth, Scotland
Jim, I obviously am old before my time or Angus, or more specifically
Strathtay Buses, are living in the past as I know for a fact they still have
conductors or 'clippies'. I haven't been away that long!!