From Nodall & Milner - A GLOSSARY OF THE LANCASHIRE DIALECT. (1875) :
FETTLE, v. to mend, improve, set right, dress. Shakspere uses the word
in Rom. and J., act iii., sc. 5, line 154.
I think t' be an ostler, for I con fettle tits.
Works: Tim Bobbin, p. 71.
One neet aw crope whoam when my weighvin' were o'er, To brush mo, an'
wesh mo, an' fettle my yure.
Lanc.. Songs : Jamie's Frolic.
B BRIERLEY (1868)
Peggy: Aw'll fot thi cooat. Should aw co at little Flanker's to get
it. fettled? Or should aw try to do it misel ?
Tim: . Theau con just ha' thi own road. Iff thinks theau con fettle
it, theau may try.
Fratchingtons, p . 41.
DR. BARBER. (1870)
T' bonny lile lan'lady com in a minute, wi' her yar [hair] o' fettled
Forness Folk, p. 32.
It is in this sense I wrote "fettle" - I understood what was wrong (Juke
boxes back then relied on relays and electro-mechanical parts) and had
access to the tools etc to correct the problem. So there was no
"messing" or "fiddling" involved.
I appreciate that your comment was humorous but we wouldn't want
"furriners" to misunderstand a term with such aincient origins.
On 15/05/2019 10:31, Phil Marsden via LANCSGEN wrote:
At the risk of causing an outcry. I would say that 'fettle' means mess around or
fiddle with it until it works; 'fix' implies you know exactly what is wrong, go
straight to the problem and repair it. I'm sure you'll the distinction I'm
making - lol. 😉
Best wishes, Phil.
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