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Australian usage[edit]

I note that Etymology 2 is given as "(Australian) Small open-backed truck". The usage was in fact initiated in the UK, referring to military service vehicles during WWII (as explained in the Wikipedia article on Tilly (vehicle). The terms "utility" and "ute" are universally used in Australia for such vehicles, military and civilian. Having lived in various states of Australia for almost 60 years, I've never heard the word "tilly" used thus, though it was in daily use at my UK school in the 1950s. Cheers., Bjenks (talk) 06:07, 25 April 2012 (UTC)


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RFV-sense "a lagniappe". Should be linked-to from lagniappe and pasella if it turns out to be attested. - -sche (discuss) 16:24, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Here’s what I found: [1], [2], [3] (?), [4], [5], [6], [7]. They’re not exactly the same thing as the RFVed definition; the meaning seems to be an extra amount of something given in a transaction (Finegans’s Wake uses it in the context of a baker’s dozen). — Ungoliant (falai) 20:48, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Amazing! I hadn't been able to find any citations of this meaning (and hardly any of the "truck" meaning) when I searched for "a tilly" and "tillies". I've typed up all of your links except the second one, which I couldn't see (the link doesn't take me to the snippet and I can't find it by searching for The Fortnightly Review + tilly). I've modified the definition a bit and removed the tag (RFV-passed). - -sche (discuss) 02:08, 5 July 2014 (UTC)
That’s odd, I’m not having any problem. I’ve added it, though I daresay it’s in the grey area between use and mention. — Ungoliant (falai)