[Ads-l] "daisy" old or British for "doozy"?

Paul A Johnston, Jr paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
Tue Mar 8 15:33:41 UTC 2016


Add to the controversy that the old Brooklyn Dodger pitcher Dazzy Vance was named that because he used the term "That's a dazzy" (=daisy, supposedly through his accent, though i don't see how an Iowan would say that), referring to an extra-good play.  "Doozy" can certainly be used like that.


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>  More or less, but the relationship isn't clear. See HDAS.
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> On Mon, Mar 7, 2016 at 9:51 PM, Joel Berson <berson at att.net> wrote:
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> > Might "daisy" have been used years ago, or be/have been British
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> > what we now call a "doozy"?
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