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Re: Toc-h?

Posted by Henry on December 20, 2003

In Reply to: Toc-h? posted by Brian from Shawnee on December 20, 2003

: Down below there's a discussion about the phrase "Dim as a Toc-h lamp", but nobody explained what "Toc-h" means or stands for. I know it's a religious society similar to the Salvation Army, but what exactly does the name "Toc-h" mean? Please help this American to understand! Thanks...

It refers to Talbot House, a rest house in the First World War for soldiers in Poperinge near IEper/Ypres, Belgium. The name was shortened to TH; in was called the phonetic alphabet of the time it was called Toc Aitch. Today it would be called Tango Hotel.