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#112617 - 09/24/03 02:47 PM Re: Etymology - tangential
shanks Offline
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Anna

It's good to be back - been too long, but have recently acquired (at work) webability once again. Hooray. Lot's of poppycock built up in the meantime, just waiting to get out and fertilise this board. chuckle.

Hi all.

cheer

the sunshine warrior


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#112618 - 09/24/03 05:17 PM Re: Etymology
Faldage Offline
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OED has 1600 as the earliest citation for fiddlestick(s) for nonsense. It is the earliest of the fiddle-faddle, fiddle-de-dee group.

The actual quote is:

A fiddlesticke! ne're tell me I am full of words.


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#112619 - 09/24/03 05:34 PM Re: Etymology - tangential
sjmaxq Offline
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Welcome back, shanks - far too long time no see.

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noho ora mai
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#112620 - 09/24/03 09:37 PM Re: Etymology - tangential
Jackie Offline

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shanks!!!!!!!!! My long-lost friend!! Oh, welcome back, welcome BACK!!!!!!!! [dancing around in circles e] Love,
Suryaputri.

Oops--sorry; welcome aBoard, Scilla. I can't offer any enlightenment on your question, but I will offer this anecdote: I went to Kentucky Music Weekend some weeks ago, and at the end of one song, the lady who had been playing the hammered dulcimer walked over to the lady with the violin; the latter let her bow hang down by her side, while the dulcimer-ess lightly tapped the violin strings with her "hammers". Amazing. Anyway, the speaker of the group then asked the audience if we had liked the "fiddle sticks". We roared!



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#112621 - 09/25/03 01:39 AM Re: Etymology
wsieber Offline
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Loc: Switzerland
Come to think of it, until not so long ago, violin player (i.e. a fiddler) was not considered a very reputable or stable profession..


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