2017-04-13 / Editorial

Phrase of the week

Old fuddy duddy: The phrase for a stuffy, fussy, old-fashioned person first was recorded in 1904 and mainly was confined to New England. While the origin is not certain, one theory suggests it derives from the English dialect word “fud” for buttocks with the “duddy” being added as a rhyme to make it more catchy a phrase. A “fud” was someone who sat around all day doing very little but fussing over details of various items.

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