Duane Campbell dcamp911 at JUNO.COM
Sat Apr 27 23:09:20 UTC 2002

On Sat, 27 Apr 2002 17:54:02 EDT "James A. Landau"

> The OED2 defines "diddle" as "to cheat or swindle, to victimize" and
> gives a
> citation from Edgar Allan Poe.

That must have been back when Thomas Bowdler was editing the OED.

If I may (I don't get much chance to use this, and will grab at any
opportunity) a friend once mistyped "diddle" as "dandle," to which I

In his youth a man can handle
Anything that comes his way.
He'll diddle, boff,
And have it off
With any girl who wants to play.

But I have searched my mind for times
I might have dandled some young miss.
A blank.
Is there some untried gambol
One can take beyond a kiss?


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