Phrases and firing offenses: big dongles; forking a repo

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Mar 26 03:19:07 UTC 2013

On Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 9:38 AM, Amy West <medievalist at> wrote:
> And frankly "dongle" has been used with juvenile connotations since day
> one ( and that may have been a reason to use that word. . .)

Perhaps influenced by the old - IME, since 1960 - "dingled by the
dangling dong."

Semiotics of poetry - Page 177
Michael Riffaterre - 1978 - Snippet view
... (the _capital_* being a significant emphasis, a philosophical
symbol, a sign of Fate's inexorability):

he got fucked by the fickle finger of Fate

and (2) where the converter is the initial of Destiny:

he got dingled by the dangling dong of Destiny.

* "Capital"?! How does Riffaterre know that capital initials are used
for "fate" and "destiny," in this saying?

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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