Poor New Amy! Surrounded on all sides by fags, booze and conflict. If she ever makes it out of elementary school unscathed, it'll be a minor miracle. The latest chapter in the education of Ms. Amy is David Platt charging into the Rovers, shouting the odds and yelling at the elder Barlows - just because Tracy stitched up Gail in prison and the coppers found an incriminating kitchen utensil (damn Joe McIntyre and his penchant for baking bad shortbread - if he had been a good chef, Gail wouldn't have had to hide the rolling pin and she wouldn't be facing 20 to life in prison). But I digress. Back to New Amy (now with the ability to speak - ed) Becky consoles the young lass and tells her not to worry about silly old David Platt because he's "just a toerag." But then Amy says: "What's a toerag?"
Well, I'm glad you asked...
TOE-RAG Pronunciation [toh] [rag]Function:
derogatory or pejorative term
(as in "David/Tracy/Owner of La Belle is a toerag")
- Toe, origin uncertain. Rag from Old English raggig ; related to Old Norse rögg tuft. Manchester-area dialect origins date back to the first knicker factory when one of the machinists said that another machinist's work was of poor quality and resembled a "rag" fit only to wipe the the forepart of the human foot. The term was subsequently employed by many working class denizens including Ray Langton. (For more information please consult Roy Cropper or the Weatherfield Historical Society -- although Roy may be preoccupied with Salsa 'issues'))
- 14th century (first used by Ena Sharples, I believe)
2: A useless or disagreeable individual (like David Platt) may employ the phrase to describe a useless or disagreeable person (like David Platt) -- of which there are many in Coronation Street.
3: A piece of material used to tow a boat back to shore or back to safety. As in when David Platt, the toe rag, used a tow rag to pull Joe's boat back to the cottage on Lake Windermere and then dried his feet with a (you guessed it) toe rag.
* If you want more actual useful info about toerag, check this entry in wiktionary)