Query: "thoo"

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue Nov 27 16:36:39 UTC 2001

>A student has asked if I've ever heard the word "thoo" (I'm guessing at
>the spelling, but the first sound is a voiceless interdental fricative
>and the second a high, back, tense vowel) to mean something like 'of
>inferior quality' or 'a bit below par.'  The student heard it used in the
>following sentences:
>He's had one too many; he's just a little thoo.
>_Great Expectations_ is thoo compared to _Bleakhouse_.

My best (althoe perhaps not good enough) guess: "thoo" = "through".

"This boxer is flat on his back; he's all thoo."

"This one is still standing, but he's looking a little thoo, too."

-- Doug Wilson

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