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#121483 - 01/31/04 08:16 AM Re: Kris Krinkle
where else are you going to find the words/phrases crinkum-crankums, illicit conubiality, and nooky - all in the same sentence?_________________________
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#121484 - 01/31/04 06:16 PM rinkled winkles, crooked creeks & curling cringles
I see the strait-laced OED doesn't profess to exactly understand the full 'in and out' sense of the colloquial that nuncle finds in Partridge! But it does have a description perhaps worth quoting for its sheer economical poetry:
A winding in and out, a zigzag, sinuosity.
and then there's cringle:
1. Naut. A ring or eye of rope, containing a thimble, worked into the bolt-rope of a sail, for the attachment of a rope.
#121485 - 01/31/04 06:38 PM Re: rinkled winkles, crooked creeks & curling cringles
But the etymology of Kriss Kringle is quite straight-forward:
Kriss Kringle [ˌkr©¥s 'kr©¥©¯gəl]
noun (Chiefly U.S)
another name for: Santa Claus
[ETYMOLOGY: changed from German Christkindl little Christ child, from Christ+ Kindl, from Kind
#121486 - 01/31/04 07:04 PM Re: rinkled winkles, crooked creeks & curling cringles
> Kriss Kringle is quite straight-forward
yeah, he's good, not nautical :)
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