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  1. Martin Davies:

    Dear Word Detective,
    My New Zealand mother has always wondered about the origins and extent of ‘fossick’, and was delighted when I read out your expert summary over the phone. She has long noted the popularity of Kiwi fossickers, so obviosuly the word made a leap across the Tasman Sea at an early date in its history.
    ‘Stone the crows’ is another of her antipodean favourites.
    Martin Davies (Ibiza, Spain)

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