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#3961 - 07/06/00 06:50 AM exotic expressions
paulb Offline
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In today's Melbourne Age there's an obituary for American lexicographer Frederic Cassidy who "specialised in finding the most exotic words and phrases, and delighted in strange expressions rarely found in orthodox dictionaries." Two favourites were 'honeyfuggle', a Kentucky word for flattering sweet talk, and 'flang dang', a Texan description of a loud party with music." Just thought y'all would like to be reminded of them.


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#3962 - 07/06/00 07:15 AM Re: exotic expressions
Jackie Offline

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Well! You learn something new every day!
I, from the Bluegrass State itself, and having lived here
all my life, have never heard the word honeyfuggle. It reminds me of a word I still recall from a book I must have read at least 20 yrs. ago, called "The Vertical Smile". It took place somewhere in the southern U.S., and used the word bellyfugg for, um, The Act. Don't know if that term
is actually used today--never heard it before or since.

But, paulb, I'll honeyfuggle you any day!


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#3963 - 07/06/00 08:39 AM Re: exotic expressions
Jackie Offline

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Thought of another'n that Mr. Cassidy would probably like:
catty-wampus.
One that I think might be regional: to get in a "swivet".


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#3964 - 07/06/00 10:31 AM Re: exotic expressions
tsuwm Offline
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This is Sad News indeed. Cassidy was editor of the wonderful "Dictionary of American Regional English" which had only reached volume 3 (I-O) [three huge volumes of the size of the OED volumes] -- here's hoping that somone is in place to continue his project!

and here's some words from volume 3, as provided by amazon.com: "If you jug-handle that kyoodle and make him meech, you ouchy numpy, we're bound for a real lip battle."


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#3965 - 07/09/00 07:45 AM Re: exotic expressions
paulb Offline
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tsuwm:

you took the words right out of my mouth!


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