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ESL forum > Grammar and Linguistics > Word of the Day, Wednesday 22nd December    

Word of the Day, Wednesday 22nd December



alien boy
Japan

Word of the Day, Wednesday 22nd December
 
Hi there Ed!

Thanks for the vote of confidence on my loquaciousness... and I promise to keep it short this time LOL, so I shall cease my vaniloquence & dringle no more!

Here ītis, my word for today:

dingdoulers

Enjoy!

Have a wonderful Christmas & a safe, happy & prosperous New Year!

(especially to Ed, Jayho, Roneydirt, jecika, Linda, carinocita, Silke, Mar, mish (I haven īt forgotten, just been outrageously busy!) & all my other old friends Hug)

Oh, & to you too Vickiii Big smile

22 Dec 2010      



edrodmedina
United States

Hello Bryce...You didn īt post your bank account and your social security numbers so that you could get your all expenses paid vacation prize for winning the WOD. What īs up????? ;-) Ed

22 Dec 2010     



alien boy
Japan

Oh!

I was thinking I might donate it to someone who needs it more....

unless of course you īre also going to place a hefty order for the new wonder supplement.... Galimaufrey  Plus, now with added kef to help speed your recovery after a hard day at work!

so maybe if you īll show me yours I īll show you mine Wink

besides which, I don īt have a social security number, I īm an alien remember Tongue

22 Dec 2010     



edrodmedina
United States

LOL...there are lots of aliens in the States and many have social security numbers. I īll settle for your bank account number though. Ed

22 Dec 2010     



libertybelle
United States

Dingdoulers is a modern expression that really comes from the time of the Great Plague in Great Britian.  Then is was called the DING-DOERS.

These were the men who pushed the hand carts through the plague-ridden streets of London yelling - BRING OUT YOUR DEAD, BRING OUT YOUR DEAD.
They rang small bells - hence the word - Ding - to warn people they were coming.
A very sad time in Britain īs history and a hard job for the Dingdoulers.

22 Dec 2010     



edrodmedina
United States

Liberty I can see where you get your definition for dingdoulers but there is a slight flaw in your definiton. Yes while it is true that it was the name given to those that went around pushing a cart and ringing a bell (ding)while looking for those that had succumed to the Plague, the second part of the word refers to a stick (doweler) they carried around with them to poke at the corpses to ascertain if they truly were dead or not . So the dingdoulers were those that rang the bell and poked the bodies to make sure they were dead.
 
In all fairness the definition is an add-on to Libertyīs and should not be considered for the grand prize which I hear is a trip around the world funded by alien boy.

22 Dec 2010     



MoodyMoody
United States

Well the Dingoo is a type of gaming console. Duelers, of course, are people who fight each other. So dingdoulers are people who play against each other on the Dingoo gaming platforms. Everyone knows that playing too many video games ruins the ability to spell...

22 Dec 2010     



libertybelle
United States

Edrod!!!  That īs MY definition - make your own!!  LOL

22 Dec 2010     



juliag
Japan

Hello Alien Boy, long time no see, hope you īre well.

Dingdoulers just has to refer to the game we occasionally played when we were naughty little kids and liked to terrorize the neighborhood every once in a while.
 
We used to ring the doorbell (ding from ding-dong) and then run away so that when the door was opened there was no one there.
 
The doulers part comes in because it was a duel to see who could ring the most doorbells without getting caught.
 
I have to say I wasn īt very good at this as after trying it with my friend Esther once and seeing an outraged mother of a girl from our school come to the door I didn īt have the nerves of steel needed to try it another time.
 
But the person who did have the necessary nerves of steel was crowned King or Queen of the Dingdoulers and worshipped (albeit from a healthy distance) by the rest of us.
 
Well, about half of it is true. Of course we didn īt have any coronoations or even nominate anyone King or Queen for being particularly good at it, but this is what immediately sprung to mind when I saw WOD, rather embarrasing as it is. Would not like my students to find out what their (mostly) responsible teacher used to get up to when she was a wee lass. Or at least not this particular activity anyway, short lived as it was.

22 Dec 2010     



GIOVANNI
Canada

dingdoulers - are people who haven īt fully recuperated from the Gong Show.  They used to ding the bell when an elimination of bad talent was made.  As the years have passed the dingdoulers are still out there dinging the bell at various events.  They are trying to recapture the sound and memories of that famous clanging and of all acts they had to endure.  To date they have not captured that moment and that is why they are called dingdoulers. 
 
 

22 Dec 2010     



libertybelle
United States

Giovanni!  You are so funny!!!!  LOL
That was a good one!!!

22 Dec 2010     

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