While speaking over the phone, if I am not able to hear the voice of the person at the other end, can I say "your voice is breaking up"?
2.How is the word "Skimmington" used?
1. If the person is speaking too quietly, the question to ask is "Could you please speak up?" If the problem is instead related to poor cellphone reception, the statement should be "You're breaking up," or "We've got a bad connection," and then usually you would agree to hang up and try to place the call again.
2. Skimmington is a word I'd never heard until you asked about it. It has this very specific meaning in certain regions of Britain (from dictionary.com):
A word employed in the phrase, To ride Skimmington; that is to ride on a horse with a woman, but behind her, facing backward, carrying a distaff, and accompanied by a procession of jeering neighbors making mock music; a cavalcade in ridicule of a henpecked man. The custom was in vogue in parts of England.
You can read more about the custom on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skimmington) but I hope that you never have occasion to use the term.
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