Clashing slang

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue May 18 00:06:13 UTC 2010

Diddle diddle dumpling
My son John
He went to bed
With his stockings on
One shoe off
And one shoe on
Diddle diddle dumpling
My son John

I also know _diddle (with)_ as a variant of _fiddle (with)_. AFAIK,
there's no connection between _diddle_ and (Bo) _Diddley_.
Otherwise, I have no idea WTF y'all are talking about.


On Mon, May 17, 2010 at 4:59 PM, Victor Steinbok <aardvark66 at> wrote:
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> That's... uhm ... interesting. I am used to "diddle" as more colloquial
> for the technical "molest". I suppose, it's just as asymmetric as "bang".
>     VS-)
> On 5/17/2010 3:29 PM, ronbutters at AOL.COM wrote:
>> In Iowa in the 1950s he did not bang her, he DIDDLED her.
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