Encore For Bad Performance

Up till the mid-1960s or so, all motorcars and even trucks came equipped with a quaint piece of accessory, called a hand-crank – to be used as a standby in cases of battery let down.

This crank was to be inserted  through a slot in front of the car, to engage the engine.  Using sheer muscle power, several rotations of this tool had to be quickly effected to coax the engine to fire up.   Usually several tries were needed.    Quite dangerous actually.

The local term for this action was “ang kor” which I thought sounded pretty close to the word “encore” – what a way to salute a bad performance.   Linguistic purists may lambast me …. but let’s get moving first.

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