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Spelling question...

 Hey guys - is it "knicked" or "nicked" when you are talking about stealing something and you are British?

I thought it was "knicked" but spellcheck doesn't like that. But then, what does spell check know? It also doesn't like "favourite."

(yes, this means I'm writing something that has a British person in it.)



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Mar. 23rd, 2011 01:01 am (UTC)
Without the "k" i believe...the first spelling reminds me of knickers LOL
Mar. 23rd, 2011 01:03 am (UTC)
Hmm...maybe that's what is confusing me! lol
Mar. 23rd, 2011 01:21 am (UTC)
It's 'nicked'. Make sure you're using it in a highly 'Saxon' context- it's more common down south, hardly used in the borders and not in Scotland at all. Not sure about Wales but I'm pretty sure Ireland are on the same boat about it as Scotland... it at least would be RECOGNISED all over the UK, it's just very English, common with people exposed to the London scape though.

Hope that helps~! ^^
Mar. 23rd, 2011 01:26 am (UTC)
Wow! That helps a LOT! Thanks, I didn't even realize it was a localized colloquialism. I thought everyone used it.

But the character saying it is definitely from the south and has lived/worked in London for a while - so, yay! Using it correctly (and now spelling it correctly too!)
Mar. 23rd, 2011 07:38 am (UTC)
I use it all the time and I'm Scottish. Ummm. Yes "nicked".
Mar. 23rd, 2011 10:44 am (UTC)
I suppose it depends where you are. I'm an Edinburgh girl, which has a huge English influence, but it's not a term we use at all, unless we're taking the piss or it's on telly... Well, I can't argue for every region, I do know it's a London influence originally. *continues to mumble and looks up the colloquial borders*
Mar. 23rd, 2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
Central belt/North East. Could be an age difference too, or could be because you are more honest than me! ;)
Jan. 19th, 2014 02:28 pm (UTC)
Not used in Scotland?
Where are you living??
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Mar. 23rd, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
Thanks! 3 makes it a consensus and not a fluke!
Mar. 23rd, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
Definately "nicked". And I use it and everyone I know does too and I'm from the north of England (Lancashire if you're interested).
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