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The ordinary-sized words are for everyone, but the big ones are especially for children.

Friday, 3 June 2016

Word To Use Today: widgie.

According to my Collins dictionary (which is the one I use as a mouse mat) in Australia a widgie is a female larrikin or bodgie.

Unfortunately I haven't the faintest idea what either a larrikin or a bodgie is, so I suppose I'd better look them up. Hang on...

...ah, here we are: larrikin. A mischievous person or a hooligan.

And bodgie? A bodgie is an unruly or uncouth young man, especially in the 1950s. A teddy boy.

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It's really rather pleasing to have a word for a female trouble-maker.

After all, why should the boys have all the fun?

Word To Use Today: widgie. This word is an altered form of bodgie, which is from bodge, to make a mess of something, from botch, to repair something badly or to spoil through clumsiness.

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