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There, children make life-sized Guy Fawkes dolls and carry "the Guys" through the streets. When darkness falls, there are major fireworks displays and "the Guys" are thrown onto bonfires.

Hi,
Is 'dolls' in the above equivalent to "dummies" and "figurines?" Thanks.
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Hi,

There, children make life-sized Guy Fawkes dolls and carry "the Guys" through the streets. When darkness falls, there are major fireworks displays and "the Guys" are thrown onto bonfires.

Is 'dolls' in the above equivalent to "dummies" and "figurines?"

Here's how I see these terms.

doll - a plaything for a small child, usually smaller than lifesize

dummy - a full-size replica

figurine - a small artistic figure, eg a glass or ceramic statue placed on a shelf in one's home

Clive
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I was in York a couple of weeks ago and had dinner at the Guy Fawkes Inn, the building where he was supposedly born.
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Thanks, Clive.
Were you thinking what I was thinking? Dummy is the best word in the context?
Hi,
Yes.That's what we always said when I was a kid in England doing this.

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The 'guy' is not a proper noun. It doesn't mean the first name of Guy Fawkes. Several 'guys' are burned. A 'guy' represents topical personalities as well as Guy Fawkes and the Pope they then are all burned in effigy. Colonial America called the celebration "Pope's Day" and included a parade mocking the Pope. George Washington didn't allow his troops to celebrate the day because it was anti Catholic and pro British.

The celebration is not very neighborly to Catholics.
Hi,
Are you saying that the word 'guy' used for the dummy that is burned on Guy Fawkes' night does not have a connection to the name 'Guy Fawkes'?

Best wishes, Clive
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AnonymousThe 'guy' is not a proper noun. It doesn't mean the first name of Guy Fawkes. Several 'guys' are burned. A 'guy' represents topical personalities as well as Guy Fawkes and the Pope they then are all burned in effigy. Colonial America called the celebration "Pope's Day" and included a parade mocking the Pope. George Washington didn't allow his troops to celebrate the day because it was anti Catholic and pro British.

The celebration is not very neighborly to Catholics.

Thanks, Anon.
What does "topical personalities" mean in your post? I can't find it on my online dictionary.
AnonymousThe 'guy' is not a proper noun. It doesn't mean the first name of Guy Fawkes. Several 'guys' are burned. A 'guy' represents topical personalities as well as Guy Fawkes and the Pope they then are all burned in effigy. Colonial America called the celebration "Pope's Day" and included a parade mocking the Pope. George Washington didn't allow his troops to celebrate the day because it was anti Catholic and pro British.

The celebration is not very neighborly to Catholics.

Sorry! One more question.
Does 'effigy' in your post also amount to "dummy/doll?" Thank you in advance.
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