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Posted: 31 March 2017 05:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Perhaps a borrowing from Persian. Perhaps a borrowing from Arabic. Etymons: Persian ḥujjat; Arabic ḥujja.

Odd they don’t give the meanings.  Both the Persian and Arabic words (the former is, of course, derived from the latter) mean ‘argument; pretext; proof, evidence.’

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Posted: 31 March 2017 06:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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OP Tipping - 31 March 2017 02:10 AM

Do people still say “dealie”?

I wouldn’t be surprised if they did.

In my case, when I’m stumped, my brain reverts to a well worn pathway and delivers “hodaddy” a word from my sixties surf culture youth. “Hey, hand me that little hodaddy there.”

I have no idea why, it just happens. People are weird and I’m one of them.

All of these “ooja” words are fun and completely unknown by this hodad.

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Posted: 31 March 2017 07:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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Haven’t heard this in a long time so here goes:
aldi, aldi, aldi! But it’s a good thread, so worth a visit.

Many more examples from different places, too: dealybob, dohickey, whosamawatchit, doomaflotchit, catawampus, naninani, dokosoko, framis.

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Posted: 31 March 2017 07:33 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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OPT writes: Do people still say “dealie”?

I couldn’t take an oath as to the last time I heard it, but it wouldn’t strike me as odd if I heard it tomorrow.

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Posted: 31 March 2017 10:07 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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ElizaD - 31 March 2017 07:15 AM

Haven’t heard this in a long time so here goes:
aldi, aldi, aldi! But it’s a good thread, so worth a visit.

Many more examples from different places, too: dealybob, dohickey, whosamawatchit, doomaflotchit, catawampus, naninani, dokosoko, framis.

Do you know, Eliza, I had a vague memory of an old thread. I didn’t recall starting it though! Oh well, at least it’s 15 years ago and anyway it’s quite nice to hear the old familiar refrain again.

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Posted: 15 April 2017 04:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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I was going to raise the Hiberno-English all-purpose word for “thingy”, “yoke”, but I see we discussed “yoke” nine years ago. Still, here’s another reference to its unique usefulness.

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Posted: 17 April 2017 07:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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Just caught a Simpsons rerun in which Homer & family rescued a horse from a carnival diving act and were entering it in a horserace.  Homer said to a couple of jockeys with the other horses, “Where do you get those metal dealies on their feet?”

The episode also involved Pres. Clinton, so that gives you a rough idea of the date.  I’d say dealie is still current.

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Posted: 27 April 2017 04:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Mention of Terry Pratchett on another thread reminds me that whereas wossname is something you always might have heard anywhere in Sarfeast England, I think his books have helped to spread wossname much more widely. ‘It’s a wossname’ is something of a catchphrase among Discworld fans.

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Posted: 27 April 2017 11:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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Presumably that’s a contraction of whatsitsname, common all over the UK.

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