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#121483 - 01/31/04 01:16 PM Re: Kris Krinkle  
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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 11:16 PM rinkled winkles, crooked creeks & curling cringles  
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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 11:38 PM Re: rinkled winkles, crooked creeks & curling cringles  
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But the etymology of Kriss Kringle is quite straight-forward:
Kriss Kringle [ˌkrs 'krgəl]
noun (Chiefly U.S)
another name for: Santa Claus
[ETYMOLOGY: changed from German Christkindl little Christ child, from Christ+ Kindl, from Kind


#121486 - 02/01/04 12:04 AM Re: rinkled winkles, crooked creeks & curling cringles  
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> Kriss Kringle is quite straight-forward

yeah, he's good, not nautical :)


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