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Old 10-28-11, 07:55 PM
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Why do they call them Nobs?

I've a long addiction to historical romance novels, but I can't seem to unblock on why the various Lords, Earls, Viscounts, et.al., and their Quality buddies are referred to by the masses as Nobs.
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http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...ry/british/nob
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Probably short for Nobleman.
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I think it's short for no brains.

although, I could be wrong, and it might be no bra.
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Originally Posted by spinnaker View Post
Probably short for Nobleman.
Good point. I suspect the pronunciation rhymes with Globes and not Knobs.
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In high school, after we read The Outsiders, there was quite a discussion in class about whether the word Soc's was pronounced Soashes or Socks. Socks won, ever after I made the impassioned plea that it obviously was an abbreviation for Socialites. The illiterate bastids. Even then.
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I've a long addiction to historical romance novels, but I can't seem to unblock on why the various Lords, Earls, Viscounts, et.al., and their Quality buddies are referred to by the masses as Nobs.
Historical romance novels generally contain lengthy descriptions of heaving bosoms and aching desires that involve the word "manhood". I never really noticed the reference to "nobs".
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Historical romance novels generally contain lengthy descriptions of heaving bosoms and aching desires that involve the word "manhood". I never really noticed the reference to "nobs".
Urban Dictionary, nob or knob.
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Only Orks refer to the higher-ups and followers of the Warboss as Nobz.
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Originally Posted by AllenG View Post
Urban Dictionary, nob or knob.
Knob can have an entirely different meaning in a romance novel, albeit not a very romantic one.
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Nobes seems a very reasonable explanation, thank-you. I would never arrive there because all I could hear would be an association with a pronunciation more akin to the Nob in Nob Hill. I doubt I'll be able to make the adjustment read naturally for quite some time, but I appreciate having it in mind and William of Ockham would likely be proud of spinnaker. Off to heave a bosom now.
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http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nabob

Maybe a connection?
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