One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A conductor on a bus or tram.‘he bought a one-day ticket from the connie’
- ‘It used to be important to be polite to the connie.’
- ‘These people had got off or been ejected by the connie.’
- ‘The connie said he took a look through the window and saw the driver asleep.’
- ‘You could often hear the connie saying to some poor mum with a pram, "Sorry love, but you'll have to wait for the pram bus."’
- ‘The connie punched our tickets.’
1920s: abbreviation of conductor.
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