Talk:Plucking (glaciation)

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Plucking: to fail an exam?[edit]

The word "plucking" appears in my 1966 edition of Chambers' 20th century Dictionary in the sense of failing an exam. The entry reads:

  "pluck" - to fail, refuse a pass to, in an examination - from  the custom of "plucking" (a piece of silk at the back of) "the proctor's gown", in protest.

I came across this because the expression "being plucked" occurs at least twice in this sense in William Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" (1847), which I am reading.

Iain Smith— Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.193.98.183 (talk) 12:39, 29 April 2006‎

Hi, thanks for your message. There are many meanings of "plucking", and this article is about the term in glaciation. Note that this article has been moved from its old position of Plucking. Best wishes, RainCity471 16:10, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

Expanded scope[edit]

This article should also cover plucking in its fluvial erosion sense. I will return to improve matters! DanHobley (talk) 04:18, 10 August 2013 (UTC)