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2 comments on this post.
  1. Nik Berry:

    Of course, as most English people (including me) are non-rhotic speakers, ‘balmy’ and ‘barmy’ are homophones.

  2. Dick Holdstock:

    And then there is the Barming Heath Lunatic Asylum built in Maidstone, Kent 1833. I understand you had to be Balmy to get in in 1850.

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