My brother lives in Australia and we sometimes tease him about the Aussie twang. As a child I used to call my brother "an overproud lion with greasy fangs" (in a fit of pique). The story about the supposed sightings of a lion near Clacton therefore has a double meaning for us!
I sent an email to my brother about the "lion". I ended by saying that perhaps a rumour about a lion was started by a holidaying Australian talking about the "loyn". We have often wondered how Australian children learn to spell if "loyn" could mean lion, loin or indeed line!!!
PS: My brother replied "I loike it" !!
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