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THEY LOOK WITH THEIR HANDS IN BACUP.

Submitter comment: THIS EXPRESSION IS USED TO MOCK SOMEONE WHO IS EITHER POINTING OR
GESTURING WHILE LOOKING FOR A LOST POSSESSION. BACUP IS A SMALL
MINING TOWN IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND THAT IS INFAMOUS FOR INBREEDING,
AND IT IS THOUGHT THAT SOME OF THE RESIDENTS HAVE EYES IN THE PALMS
OF THEIR HANDS. COMPARING SOMEONE TO A BACUPIAN IS A MILD INSULT,
USUALLY USED AS A JOKE.

Where learned: NORTH OF ENGLAND ; MANCHESTER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Formula
SPEECH -- Gesture
PROVERB -- Blason Populaire

Date learned: 00-00-1985 ; 00-00-1986

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