[Ads-l] Higgly-piggly

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 13 22:19:19 UTC 2014


FWIW, I've always heard and spelled it as "higgledy-piggledy".   Not to be confused with "Piggly-Wiggly".  

LH (NYC, born '45)

On Dec 13, 2014, at 4:51 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:

> 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.
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> Benjamin Barrett
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