Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Wed Nov 5 15:31:21 UTC 2003

Bethany K. Dumas said:
>On Wed, 5 Nov 2003, Michael Quinion wrote:
>>subscriber asks about the meaning and origin of "dealybob". I assume
>>from context that it's one of those hand-waving terms for something
>I've never seen it spelled that way - here, it is one of those two-pronged
>thingies that one wears on one's head - the thingies wave about. We had
>them for the World's Fair (ca. 1981), and I see them at large parties.

I remember the same sort of novelty item, pretty much from when I was
at the University of Florida, which would be early 80s also. I have a
sense that I might have seen them more recently, at local outdoor
festivals, in the same class of object as those glowing things that
kids pester their parents for.

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