Did we know that Pongoes used this bit of our language? I've just found 'When 3Troop got into LISIEUX, the 11th Hussars were immediately ordered to â€œsplice the Mainbraceâ€.' in the 11th Hussars War Diary for 23.8.1944 (which someone has kindly put up on the internet). It can't, surely, be some sort of hangover from embarked service as they're cavalry .. too much work with squegees and shovels if they came on board. And now they've pinched this one as well: '14.9.44, 15th, 16th Make & Mend. Leave parties to Brussels and Mechlin.'