Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Fri Nov 1 10:33:23 UTC 2002
>Gerald Cohen, with material primarily from e-mail messages of SAMUEL
>JONES and JIM RADER: "Possible German Origin of Slang _Canoodle_
>'kiss, hug, fondle." in: _Comments on Etymology_, vol. 28, no. 3,
>Dec. 1998, pp.2-6.
The verb certainly looks equivalent to "knuddeln". In fact, one Web
English/German dictionary gives exactly and only "knuddeln" as a
translation of "canoodle". But what is the age of the word "knuddeln" in
German? [I don't have access to the CoE issue cited.]
On the Web I find the story (for which I don't vouch myself, of course) of
an embarrassed English-speaker who asked a German waitress for a "Knudel"
("cuddle") when he wanted a "Knoedel" ("dumpling").
-- Doug Wilson
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