[Ads-l] Higgly-piggly

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat Dec 13 21:51:47 UTC 2014

I was surprised when my spell checker flagged "higgly-piggly," and then 
found that the Mac Dic has it as "higgledy-piggledy."

pinkfreud (http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/778598.html) 
says that the earliest citation is 1598, and the OED has "higly-pigly" 
but evidently not my form. I dislike the OED's preferred 
"higgledy-piggledy" because it adds an extra syllable.

Wiktionary does not have "higgly-piggly" but Google raises some 14K hits.

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

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