[Ads-l] cavoodles et al.

Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Wed Sep 25 12:36:09 UTC 2019

The "funny sound" of "-oodle" names reminds me of a riff in Dickens's Bleak House:

"Then there is my Lord Boodle, of considerable reputation with his party, who has known what office is . . . . He perceives with astonishment that supposing the present government to be overthrown, the limited choice of the Crown, in the formation of a new ministry, would lie between Lord Coodle and Sir Thomas Doodle--supposing it to be impossible for the Duke of Foodle to act with Goodle, which may be assumed to be the case in consequence of the breach arising out of that affair with Hoodle. Then, giving the Home Department and the leadership of the House of Commons to Joodle, the Exchequer to Koodle, the Colonies to Loodle, and the Foreign Office to Moodle, what are you to do with Noodle? You can't offer him the Presidency of the Council; that is reserved for Poodle. You can't put him in the Woods and Forests; that is hardly good enough for Quoodle. What follows? That the country is shipwrecked, lost, and gone to pieces (as is made manifest to the patriotism of Sir Leicester Dedlock) because you can't provide for Noodle!"

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I suspect that many of these names are created by people who've never heard
of such a standard and probably wouldn't care if they had.
"-oodle" simply sounds a lot funnier than "pood-".

MAM (cat person)

On Wed, Sep 25, 2019, 2:04 AM Dave Hause <dwhause at cablemo.net> wrote:

> Since hybrids are named with the father as the first of the combination,
> why
> don't we ever hear of the poodadors, the poodaliers, etc?
> Dave Hause
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jonathan Lighter
> Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 10:55 AM
> Subject: cavoodles et al.
> Yahoo! News:
> "There are cavoodles (cavalier king charles spaniel/poodle), groodles
> (golden retriever/ poodle) schnoodles (shnauser/poodle), and even roodles
> (rottweiller/poodle)."--
> Seems that the guy who created the labradoodle fears he's "created a
> Frankenstein."
> JL
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