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yarb commented on the word old cock
'Do you always smoke arter you goes to bed, old cock?' inquired Mr. Weller of his landlord, when they had both retired for the night.- Dickens, The Pickwick Papers (1840), ch. XLIIII often would nominate a male acquaintance of mine thus while dwelling in the UK. Often with "my" prepended, e.g. "Will, me old cock, how are you?"
February 21, 2009