Tony Glaser tonyglaser at MINDSPRING.COM
Mon Mar 5 03:41:07 UTC 2001

>  I'm not sure if this was mentioned in the discussion of "boo" (=nothing).
>I had often heard this word used in an expression to describe someone
>as overly timid: "He wouldn't say boo to a ghost." I suppose the
>original idea was that if you say "boo" to a ghost, the ghost would
>become frightened and disappear. Then by shortening; "He wouldn't say
>   "Diddly-boo" is probably a blend of "diddly-squat" and "boo"
>rather than the starting point of "boo" (=nothing).
>---Gerald Cohen

In England the phrase I have heard more is "wouldn't say boo to a
goose". Or at least that's what my mother used to say.

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