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Sometimes when I'm doing the morning crossword I run across a clue or answer that sticks with me for a day or two or three. I wonder about the history of the word or phrase. Sometimes the word will roll around in my head so much it starts to sound totally ridiculous. (I know that's happened to you.)
Such was the case recently when I ran across the word(s) fuddy-duddy. Go on (you know you want to) say it six, seven or more times in a row, fast. The letters play around on your lips and tongue in the most delightful way.
Naturally I had to look it up. A most extensive and excellent explanation was given at The Phrase Finder.
Duddy is a Scottish word meaning ragged. Fuddy, also Scottish, was a term used for buttocks. The British term duddy fuddiel means ragged fellow. What isn't clear is how fuddy and duddy got married in the U. S. and came to mean an old fashioned, narrow minded, old poop. But it did.
It seems that despite its decidedly Scottish and British origins, it is American slang. The first recorded use of the word was in 1889 in the Galveston Daily News. That's right, Texas has the honor. The quote is: "Look here; I'm Smith -- Hamilton Smith. I'm a minister and I try to do about right...I object to being represented as an old fuddy-duddy." Obviously from the way it's used the term had been around long enough for people to know what he was talking about.
We even have a famous character named after the word. Meet Elmer Fudd. Poor Elmer.
Synonyms: If you're looking for another word besides fuddy-duddy (but it's such a great word why use something else?) here's a list:
antediluvian, Colonel Blimp (picture comes to mind) conservative, dinosaur, dodo, dotard, dull person, fogy (just what the heck is a fogy?) fossil, frump, fuss pot, fussbudget (this would be interesting to explore), fussy person, granny, mossback, narrow minded, old bore, old fart, old fogy, old geezer (where did geezer come from?) old maid, old poop, old-fashioned, pain in the butt (my own addition) picayune, picky, pompous, reactionary, spoilsport, square, stick-in-the-mud (this must have a unique history) stuffed shirt and wet blanket.
Do you know a fuddy-duddy? Have one in your family? Are you a fuddy-duddy? Would you admit to being one if you were?