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Posted: 11 June 2007 07:43 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Tony Soprano in the final episode of The Sopranos, “I’m a little miffled”.

I assume he means miffed. Is this a known US variant?

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Posted: 11 June 2007 07:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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New to me.

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Posted: 11 June 2007 08:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Reminds me of AE “pissed” meaning “annoyed” but “drunk” in BE and “pissed off” in BE meaning “miffed”.
I think there is a German word “pissoffen” meaning drunk.

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Posted: 11 June 2007 09:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Not much evidence for it on a google. I’m inclined to think he meant to say miffed. (Do Americans use that word?)

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Posted: 11 June 2007 09:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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....miffed. (Do Americans use that word?)

I said I was miffed about something recently at a senior breakfast and several people chuckled and remarked that they had not heard “miffed” in decades. I don’t know why it suddenly appeared in my vocabulary but I am guessing that I learned it as a kid from grandparents who would have been horrified at “pissed” as an expletive. [Grandparents who, incidentally, would not have hesitated to say something like “That cow pissed all over my new boots!”.]

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Posted: 11 June 2007 10:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Presumably he mistakenly thinks it’s miffle as in puzzle, speckle, sparkle etc etc.  Or maybe he’s deliberately conflating miffed and puzzled or some such -le word?  Who knows what unassailable male logic lies behind it?

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Posted: 11 June 2007 10:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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I think there is a German word “pissoffen” meaning drunk.

That’s ‘besoffen’ (cf. Du. bezopen), from a verb ‘saufen’ (cf. Du. zuipen) meaning ‘to drink heavily’. Nothing to do with ‘piss’. (well, not in the way we’re discussing it now anyway)

Edit: I just remembered: the more you drink, the WC

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Posted: 11 June 2007 12:55 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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It’s just Tony’s less than educated character.  He also said that he thought that his son AJ might be “making a molehill” out of the whole terrorist thing.  And AJ himself pronounced the Irish poet’s name “Yeets.”

And this between Tony and his liberal law-student daughter:

Meadow: “The state can crush the individual.”
Tony (incredulously): “New Jersey?”

[ Edited: 11 June 2007 01:03 PM by Oecolampadius ]
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Posted: 12 June 2007 10:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Thanks, Dutchtoo. A great foreign eggcorn by me! The German I misheard it from would say “Owen is total (pron toe-tarl) besoffen” I now see.

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Posted: 15 June 2007 12:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Miffled has garnered a page over at Language Log.

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Posted: 17 June 2007 08:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I’m with Oecolampadius (can we use a short version of your internet name, Oecol?). Tony is uneducated. He speaks like a young kid most of the time.

We all meet people who screw up words. We usually understand them, because we know what they meant. I doubt one will ever find “miffled” in any dictionary, slang or otherwise.

And, BTW, I think he should have been caught by the FBI. He was a cold-blooded killer.

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