OT: some word questions

Sally Odgers sodgers at tassie.net.au
Tue Aug 24 20:00:35 EDT 2004


There's an explanation of Diddicoi in Monica Edwards' book... um The
Midnight Horse? Also there's a book CALLED Diddicoi by one of the
popular/crit favourite authors of the 60s. Can't remember who she was.
Anyone?

Sallyo.

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> cut'n'pasted naughtily from the online OED:
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> DIDICOI, DIDICOY:
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> gipsy
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> 1853 .E. R.. in M. Carpenter Juvenile Delinquents iv. 126 Gipseys,
romaneys, didycoys, .our people., as they call themselves. 1907 Daily Chron.
5 Oct. 6/2 Making raids on gipsy encampments with the object of getting them
to send their young .didekies. (children) to school. 1936 G. GREENE Journey
without Maps I. iii. 79 A didicoi..was the name they gave in Gloucestershire
to gipsies. 1936 Punch 18 Mar. 321/3 Dappled with mire, By the didakai's
fire. 1959 .O. MILLS. Stairway to Murder iv. 37 What's a man of your age and
education doing wandering the country..? You don't strike me as a natural
diddicoy type. 1960 W. ROBERTSON Shadow of Rope xiii. 131 Them there
diddicoys is wholly afeard o' the ma'sh. 1961 Guardian 23 May 5/5 These were
the dreaded scrap-metal Didakeis. 1966 Ibid. 3 Nov. 4/6 .Didicoys.the Irish
tinkers and other nomads around London who far outnumber the true Romanies.
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> This seems to knock out the "halfblood" quality. There isn't a definitive
> citation from Romany at all. Does the OED need to be told? Citation
time...
> supporting evidence will be a prerequisite.
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