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    i have seen this an a post i remember this being a coggy watch man am i right? and where did the name originate?


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    Origin unkown but it was Cockey Watchman and not Coggy.

    The story is that the watchman had a cocked eye that looked sideways.

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    A bent watchman. The word Cocky for watchman then became common. Kids called it Coggy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Waterways View Post
    A bent watchman. The word Cocky for watchman then became common. Kids called it Coggy.
    Not down our neighbourhood they didn't,you got source link for reference?

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    It could well be that both words were in use in different areas - but I only ever heard Cocky. In many places they'd have a brazier at night for warmth. Health and Safety would probably make that impossible now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin View Post
    It could well be that both words were in use in different areas - but I only ever heard Cocky. In many places they'd have a brazier at night for warmth. Health and Safety would probably make that impossible now.
    And it could well be that someone shouting it fell on deaf ears? ie the both sound similair if shouted.

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