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Obscure words explained 95. – taradiddle



Means a petty lie

used to embellish stories

No harm meant by them

Author: Cethru Cellophane

I have reached the regrettable realization that I may have squandered my life. I did a quick count recently and figured that I have visited about 66 countries, and lived for more than 3 years in 3 of them. During this time I completed 14 corporate moves (relocations) and have changed my address more than 23 times. I should have settled on a profession that would have kept me in one place with no packing and unpacking. When I think of the time I have spent bundling my life into and out of boxes. Ah well, it's all water under the bridge. But I am grateful for the experience. At the end of the day I will be able to say with a certain authority, "been there, done that". A note about this site’s Header Image The Header image for this site is of the Smith Avenue High Bridge. The bridge was built in 1889 and carries Minnesota State Highway 149 across its span of 2770 feet, 160 feet above the mighty Mississippi River. The picture was taken from the river looking to the north-east and downtown Saint Paul. The bridge is about 1040 miles from New Orleans. One of the reasons I like this view is that I come from a city which has a spectacular bridge. It’s the Clifton Suspension Bridge http://www.ikbrunel.org.uk/clifton-suspension-bridge which spans the Avon Gorge and the River Avon in Bristol, U.K. It’s about 1350 feet long and stands 245 feet above the river below. Sadly it has claimed the lives of more than 400 people who have committed suicide by jumping from the bridge. As a side note, not all attempts were successful. two small girls thrown off the bridge by their deranged father survived the fall when they were fished from the river by the crew of a passing pilot boat. The bridge was opened in 1864 and was designed by the 24 year old architect, Isambard Kingdom brunel. It took 35 years to complete.

7 thoughts on “Obscure words explained 95. – taradiddle

  1. Does it have anything to do with Scarlett O’Hara saying fiddledidi?

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    • I have no idea if there is a connection. But frankly Ina I don’t give a damn! LoL Couldn’t resist using the last words


      • Wonderful repartee, Nigel. I would have made a more precise connection if I had spelled fiddle dee dee properly. Still don’t know how to deal with dee dee. 🙂

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      • Just some random thoughts Ina. I think fiddle dee dee may be connected to fiddlesticks beaning a bow for playing a violin. Shakespeare used it in Much ado About nothing. Today I think it has the sense of “no big deal” Don’t take this a gospel -I’m just sayin’

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  2. Scarlett meant “no big deal” when she said fiddle dee dee. I like fiddle sticks for a violin being linked to fiddle dee dee. I appreciate your rich collection of words, their definitions and how they are used.

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    • That’s possible I suppose but I think Scarlett ws more frustrated or annoyed when she said those words.
      A book you might like has the title the Madman and the Professor by Simon Winchester. It describes how the Oxford English dictionary came into being. Lots of words to enjoy.

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    • Another reply. There is a blogger on WordPress his name is Joseph Aroonesty. He wrote a book Deciphering the English Code. Talks about the origins of the English language. Remarkable!

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