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accepted What is the etymology of “todger”?
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comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
Great ETA. The "Smash" and "pulp" stuff, especially. I'd upvote twice, if the site let me!
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comment “Ride a bicycle” or “ride on bicycle”?
Similar to "ride a horse".
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comment What is the meaning and etymology of 'scut' from 'scut work'?
+1 I strongly suspect it came from coal scuttle.
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answered What is the meaning and etymology of 'scut' from 'scut work'?
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comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
Okay, so it looks like "todger" likely came from "tadger" (good for my C. Dickens conjecture). Makes sense that Monty Python might be responsible for its modern resurgence/popularity.
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comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
I wonder why my Concise OED gives a different date. Are you using the online OED?
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comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
@Kris, Thanks! And I did learn of some dangers, of Google's tools, with this question. :( PS: I now have a wild theory that "todger" comes from "tadger" and was based off a Dickens character.
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comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
@MετάEd, if you zoom into 1954-1956 (the "spike is 1955"), none of the results use "todger" in the modern way. Except, maybe some references to a decades-earlier play that uses "Todger Fairmile o Balls Pond" as a suggestive character name (G.B. Shaw, 1917-ish).
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comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
Digging around in #2, that is not clear to me, so far. I haven't found support for OED's claim yet.
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revised What is the etymology of “todger”?
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comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
@MετάEd, I would call that an improperly normalized, and misleading, graph. Good to know about this foible of Ngram Viewer; thanks.
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comment What is the etymology of “todger”?
@MετάEd, good to know. I'd forgotten about the "detail" links at the bottom. Interesting that 1 hit (maybe 2, Google isn't clear), in 1 book, gives such a large spike.
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comment English words mockingly derived from French?
@JamesJiao: Really? I'd just settle for some answers or a few more examples (or counter examples). Alas, it's devilishly hard with some of the moderation policies on SE. Some notions might be okay for "hard science" fields like SO, and less so in other subjects. ;)