2 Kings 2:23-24

Bill Rea cctr114 at it.canterbury.ac.nz
Sun Dec 10 15:55:21 EST 2000

Joe Baker wrote:-

>It seems to me that "N'ARIM", in most of its uses, can be translated by
>English "lads". As both terms can be applied to a wide age group and carry
>similar connotations of behaviour.
>Terms like, "he's a bit of a lad", "the're a bunch of likely lads" and "put
>your backs into lads" describe louts, larrikans, conscripts, etc. Young men
>with nothing, or nothing to do and plenty of energy, banding/bonding
>together to establish an identity. Undisciplined and unruly gangs to
>outsiders, but within, keeping set rules of mateship. Sharing adventures in
>daring, love and war - boy's own stuff, etc.

This use of "lad" strikes me as being a local colloquialism. The only
place I ever hear the word is from an elderly Irish man who simply
uses it to mean "boy", no derogatory implications in his use of the

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