[Ads-l] Higgly-piggly

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Dec 15 17:44:02 UTC 2014

At 12/15/2014 10:35 AM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) wrote:
[I had written]
> >
> > >Diddle diddle dumping, my son ...
> >
> > I think it's "Diddle diddle *dumpling*, my son ...".  But perhaps
> > "dumping" is your reason for censoring the scatological remainder?
> > (And remember, the son is "John"! and he went to bed with his trousers
> > on; was there an accident?)
> >
>I learned it as "deedle deedle dumpling"

My comment, of course, was about "dumping" vs. "dumpling", not 
"diddle" vs. "deedle".  I too learned the latter.  But have some 
tolerance for the "ih"/"ee" mergers.  :-)


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