Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 19 00:57:26 UTC 2009


On Mon, May 18, 2009 at 8:52 PM, Dave Wilton <dave at wilton.net> wrote:
> The usual spelling is "caboodle." It's a variant of "boodle," which is from the Dutch "boedel," meaning estate, possessions, or property. It was more common in the 19th century, when you found phrases like "the whole boodle" or "the whole caboodle."

Mark Mandel

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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