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#4184 07/28/00 12:45 AM
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>>What the heck is daggy?<<

William's way of letting it out of the bag that he is Australian...

I've been in Sydney for 2 1/5 years in total and I thought I knew what this meant, until I started trying to write this post.

Best I can do is to say that it is the opposite of 'cool, great, fantastic' etc. It is run down, second-rate, the kind of place or thing you wouldn't want to be.

paulb, william, screen - can any of you dinky-di Aussies do better?


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Daggy:

I'd say it denotes cackhanded and unsophisticated with perhaps a touch of plastic pocket protecter (not that they're not a fine invention- for those of you not in the U.S. that's a plastic pocket you put in your top shirt pocket to prevent pens from leaking on your clothes).

Unfortunately I fear the etymology of the word harks to a great sheep raising nation. "Dags" are the bits of wool soiled with dung that you need to cut away from a sheep's behind for it's health and well being. This process is "crutching".

The OED cites a dag as an extraordinary person or a tough but amusing person, but I have never heard it used that way, it's always mildly perjorative, but usually in a friendly way, like "dork"


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Right on, screen! And your net name reminds me of this quote from "A century of Australian cinema":

"If any one image can be said to dominate the Australian screen through sheer repetitive excess it would have to be sheep. There are more sheep per cinema frame than virtually any other living thing they are without doubt the unsung heroes of the Australian cinema."

Eat your heart out, Crocodile Dagdee.




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Thanks to you Down-Unders for clearing (shearing?) the wool from my brain!
Gee, screen, don't you feel sheep-ish?


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>>your net name reminds me of [...] sheep<<

ummm, gee, thanks. I feel like a little woolly unsung heroine the cyberpasture.




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>>I feel like a little woolly unsung heroine the cyberpasture<<

Good one, Lambie-pie! Not to worry--I got him back for
that in Graduation!


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daggy, my dear friend is the best word in the english language.
it comes from dag, which is similar to nerd or geek, but without the undesirable connotations.
one can become a dag by showing a lack of attention to one's image in the face of people who do so too much.
it's definitely not cool to be a dag, but it relaxes everyone who's not too cool.
it can be used affectionately as in "aw, ya dag!" which can bring two friends a little close.
someone willing to make a pun that makes others groan (rather than check that their language is sufficiently full of the latest jargon) is a definite cantidate for daghood.


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>Eat your heart out, Crocodile Dagdee.

Or would that be Crocodile Dungdee?



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>>If any one image can be said to dominate the Australian screen through sheer repetitive excess it would have to be sheep.<<

Allow me a quote from Mr Douglas Adams:
"The second confusing thing about Australia are the animals. They can be divided into three categories: Poisonous, Odd, and Sheep."

If any of you want more of this, please let me know!


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oops, I meant 'screen' not sheep -- my reminder button switches on when it sees words like screen, cinema or film.

Sheep don't really have the same effect.

So, here's looking at 'ewe' [darn, I've done it again!]


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