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    Smile I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole

    I would like to know the origin, please.

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    Re: I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole

    Quote Originally Posted by dickybird View Post
    I would like to know the origin, please.
    If you google it you will find various explanations but the fact is nobody seems to know for certain.

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    Re: I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole

    Having used barges in canals, I can advise that the sides of locks and banks etc. which someone navigating a canal would often need to press their barge-pole against can be very slimy and filthy, and definitely not nice to touch with your hands. To suggest you wouldn't even want your barge-pole to touch it (an item which routinely touches this filth) suggests it must be something extra-nasty indeed

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    Lightbulb Re: I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole

    Quote Originally Posted by AlVal View Post
    Having used barges in canals, I can advise that the sides of locks and banks etc. which someone navigating a canal would often need to press their barge-pole against can be very slimy and filthy, and definitely not nice to touch with your hands. To suggest you wouldn't even want your barge-pole to touch it (an item which routinely touches this filth) suggests it must be something extra-nasty indeed
    Thank you, AlVal. I felt certain it came from canal barges, but I've never been on one. Your experience has filled in the gap and I'm sure this is it as it fits perfectly.

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    Re: I wouldn't touch it with a barge pole

    Quote Originally Posted by AlVal View Post
    Having used barges in canals, I can advise that the sides of locks and banks etc. which someone navigating a canal would often need to press their barge-pole against can be very slimy and filthy, and definitely not nice to touch with your hands. To suggest you wouldn't even want your barge-pole to touch it (an item which routinely touches this filth) suggests it must be something extra-nasty indeed
    That's an interesting point.

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