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Contemplating.
Wayzata, Minnesota

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Alphabe-Thursdays The Letter Y is for

WELCOME...

THIS IS AN  ALPHABE-THURSDAYS ...Post  featuring the Letter  Y

Anyone can join in Jenny's magical alphabet ride.....just go here

http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/2011/10/alphabe-thursdays-letter-y.html


My featured word for "Y" is ...."yegg".......... a what?....you may ask?
When a "yegg" needs to keep his stolen goods hidden where would he take them?


What better place than out in the middle of no where to stash things....


Just as long as the neighbors don't come snooping around!

Because the yegg might be exposed to the wrong elements if they do

Like....these fellows...

They'd be happy to arrest all the Yeggs they could find...and take the captured yegg to....


Well, eventually all yeggs end up in jail or prison....even the amazing ones.....



It's really quite amazing what you can uncover by researching an uncommon word like "yegg"


Just read the following.......truth can be stranger and more exciting than fiction once you investigate.......

My Letter "Y" is for yegg, and the story of one amazing yegg, Johnny Ramensky, an unsung hero whose story needs to be told.



A “yegg” is a thief, especially known as a burglar or safe cracker. It’s slang, and insulting by nature and yegg’s origin is unknown. I’d venture to guess that there was a famous thief named Yegg, that was captured and the name used from then on in connection with other thieves.


Speaking of famous thieves……

Scotland had a most famous of safe-crackers named; “Gentle or Gentleman Johnny” commonly called John Ramensky (born as Jonas Ramanauskas) on April 6, 1906 at Glenboig, in Lanarkshire. Sources say his drifting into crime prepared his lifestyle as a safe breaker who was also an excellent expert with explosives. Apparently, his expertise brought much attention from the army during the Second World War and he enlisted with the Royal Fusiliers in January of 1943, being employed with the Commandos with special duties, and became an instructor in safe-blowing. They even parachuted him behind enemy lines to break open safes to steal military documents. The link below involves a deeper look into Ramensky if you’re interested.


Johnny's story is amazing...


This yegg, took the name “Gentle Johnny” because he wasn’t a violent man ever, but sadly, after the war he slipped back to his former life of gambling and safe-blowing and spent many long periods of being incarcerated in prison.



Eventually, in 1972 this yegg, Ramensky while serving a one year sentence (after being caught on a shop roof ) died following a stroke in Perth Royal Infirmary in Perth Prison.



So what do you think about this yegg, “gentleman- John Ramensky” as the video link below says, “desperate times called for desperate measures."  Did Ramensky prove to be more of a good yegg than bad?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gkZ3xX6-rE4

17 comments:

Bob Scotney said...

What a glorious word. I shall try it out at Yarm Writers Group where the chairman is a word 'nut.'

I think I had seen the Ramensky piece before on TV. Quite a man. Definitely a good yegg!

Judie said...

Hahaha! Karen, I love that word! It is a terrific crossword puzzle word. You really picked something unique and clever for "Y!" Excellent work!!!

Tina´s PicStory said...

cool pics :)

Lola said...

Great pics & word - unique!

Happy A-Thursday,

XOXO Lola:)

Riet said...

What a great story and Y word. Love it

JDaniel4's Mom said...

It was such fun to learn this new word.

Galen Pearl said...

That's a new word for me! Thanks for the entertaining and informative post! I can see that my vocabulary will improve vastly if I keep up with your alphabet posts.

storybeader said...

I've never heard of a yegg either. Great sounding word! Thanks {:-Deb

Steve Gravano said...

Very cool story! Thanks for the new word, yegg!

Max said...

I love that old shed, great pictures of it.

Amanda said...

I enjoyed reading about the yeggs. I think once people get used to the easy come easy go money of crime it can be really hard to go back, even if there are viable alternatives to that.

laurak@forestwalkart said...

ha! YEGG! i like how that sounds...THANKS for the new scrabble word...if you don't mind, i'm going to keep it to myself...not mention it to sam...he can know about it AFTER i use it!! :)
fun post...

Jo said...

Awesome...yegg!!Enjoyed the story.

~Jo

Eliza Wynn said...

Very interesting!

Andy said...

Hello.
I've never heard the word "yegg" before.
Interesting information.
Your photos are awesome too!

Thanks for sharing.

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Mary said...

Well that's a new word for me! Very good post, very original.

Jenny said...

Wow! This was crazy interesting!

I've never, ever heard this word before!

And I love it!

I'm totally going to work it into a random conversation so I can casually reply, "Oh, heavens, you don't know that word? Seriously?"

Loved your link this week!

Thank you!

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