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A country bumpkin. One of the many terms that city slickers applied to less sophisticated rural dwellers (“rube,” “hayseed,” and “Gomer” are others). The phrase came from fruit harvesters using long sticks to dislodge the hanging crop.
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Most of all, however, I lament the passing of apple-knocker and baggywrinkle.
JOSH Pugh's A Boy Named Pugh is at mac Birmingham on Thursday, October 12; The workin-progress Nuneaton and Hinckley Technical College Revue can be seen on Sunday, October 15, at Cherry Reds, in John Bright Street, Birmingham, as part of the Birmingham Comedy Festival Free Half-Dayer (Pt2), which also sees appearances from, Hannah Silverster, Freddie Farrell, Jay Islaam, Masai Graham, Foghorn Unscripted, Gareth Berliner, The Apple-Knockers and a revival of 1960s radio series Round The Horne.