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samivel
146286.  Mon Feb 12, 2007 11:34 pm Reply with quote

Harum-scarum was mentioned in the original post, though.

 
Izzardesque
146365.  Tue Feb 13, 2007 6:54 am Reply with quote

oooops, missed it. I thought I'd checked as well

 
samivel
146374.  Tue Feb 13, 2007 7:03 am Reply with quote

Walkie-talkie
Hot-shot
Fuddy-duddy

 
Frances
148471.  Sun Feb 18, 2007 8:31 am Reply with quote

Teeter-totter.

 
Tas
148499.  Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:54 am Reply with quote

Quote:
ikkan wrote:
suicide: harry-carry, cockney rhyming slang I believe...


Hari-Kari, to be more accurate. I think that is the coarse term for Seppuku, in Japanese.

Any linguistic types want to confirm or deny that?

:-)

Tas

 
Ameena
148500.  Sun Feb 18, 2007 9:55 am Reply with quote

I thought it was Hari-Kiri...

 
Tas
148504.  Sun Feb 18, 2007 10:13 am Reply with quote

Bugger, you're right.

I'll shut up.

:-)

Tas

 
suze
148521.  Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:20 am Reply with quote

Is it not in fact hara kiri?

And yes, in Japanese it's considered to be a colloquial term for the act formally called seppuku.


Hara kiri is written using the same two kanji as seppuku, but in reverse order and with a politeness okurigana. (The last is a uniquely Japanese creation where the word is written with a special suffix to show the level of politeness intended.)

 
bumpkin
148523.  Sun Feb 18, 2007 11:25 am Reply with quote

Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far.
I've added your contributions (with due acknowledgement)
to the original post.

(I had no idea there were so many examples)

More new suggestions welcome!

 
Izzardesque
148662.  Mon Feb 19, 2007 1:43 am Reply with quote

fuzzy wuzzy?

 
samivel
148668.  Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:33 am Reply with quote

Boogie-woogie

 
costean
148720.  Mon Feb 19, 2007 6:14 am Reply with quote

Izzy-wizzy (let's get busy)

 
Fudgie
148766.  Mon Feb 19, 2007 8:12 am Reply with quote

Lol!

Big-wig - barrister with very large head
Top-dog - wannabe cartoon character
True Blue - Tim-nice-but-dim!

 
King of Quok
148900.  Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:40 pm Reply with quote

They may not count, but there are a few fictional characters that fall into this category. The black cat from the series of children's picture books, Slinky Malinki would. In Rumer Godden's 'The Rocking Horse Secret', the two aunts are nicknamed 'Niminy' and 'Piminy', apparently from the word 'niminy-piminy' meaning 'finickity and stuck-up'. And lest we forget, the gayest Tellytubby of all, Tinky Winky. On the subject of which I am, er, reliably informed that at certain gay nights punters wear a badge with a number called a 'shag-tag' so that other interested punters can leave them messages with the number on a board. On similar lines, would 'wham-bang-thank-you-ma'am' count in this category? Sorry for lowering the tone...

 
bumpkin
148978.  Mon Feb 19, 2007 4:10 pm Reply with quote

Hello King of Quok, thanks for the suggestions. I think we have to exclude characters' names (at any rate those that are no more than just names), but I have added niminy-piminy to the original post because it's in the OED as 'prim, affected'. I confess I've never heard the combination "shag-tag" but if other QI contributors can vouch for its authenticity as being in common use I'll add it to the list. (Heaven knows how I'll find a neutral way to describe the meaning!)

I think we must exclude phrases as well, the targets here are single two-phoneme words (such as kowtow) or a (possibly)hyphenated pair of words such as easy-peasy. Thanks again.

 

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