By John Ayto

ISBN-10: 019280104X

ISBN-13: 9780192801043

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1955) froggy, Froggy, froggee (1872) Applied derogatorily to a F r e n c h p e r s o n , and also used adjectivally; from frog + -y m Guardian: A group of stage-type Limeys spend a weekend in France where they mix with a series of stage-type Froggies. (1965) • Iris Murdoch: What about that froggy girl, the one you met in Singapore? (1962) Frenchy, Frenchie (1883) Applied derogatorily to a F r e n c h person or F r e n c h C a n a d i a n ; from earlier adjective Frenchy French-like, from French + -y m Maclean's: I was constantly laughed at, pointed at and corrected, as a stupid Frenchy.

1955) Hospital in/out of dock (1785) Denoting in/out of hospital, receiving/after treatment • News Chronicle: He's just out of dock after the old appendix. (1960) Ambulance b l o o d w a g o n (1922) • Stirling Moss: Out came the 'blood wagon' and to the ambulance station in the paddock I went. (1957) m e a t w a g o n (1925) Mainly US • Hartley Howard: She hadn't deserved to become a parcel of broken flesh and bone in the meat wagon. (1973) Medical examination s h o r t - a r m (1919) Orig & mainly military slang; applied to an inspection of the penis for venereal disease or other infection; from the notion of the penis as an additional (but shorter) limb • Mario Puzo: Before you go to bed with a guy, give him a short arm.

Cop me some z's. (1973) (A period of) sleep kip (1893) From earlier sense, bed • Brian Aldiss: I had to stay with the captain . . while the other lucky sods settled down for a brief kip. (1971) s k i p p e r (1935) British; applied to an act of sleeping rough; esp. in the phrase to do a skipper, from earlier sense, sleeping place for a vagrant • Observer. There are not enough beds. Many will be turned away and have to do a 'skipper' in station, park or ruin. (1962) nod (1942) Applied to a state of drowsiness brought on by narcotic drugs; esp.

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