John "The Gneech" Robey (the_gneech) wrote,
John "The Gneech" Robey
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Happy Birthday, kelloggs2066!

For your present, here's today's Forgotten English!

sockdologer
Anything overwhelming or exceptional, from a repartee to an earthquake.
--John Farmer and W.S. Henley's Slang and Analogues, 1890-1904


A perversion of doxology, taken in the sense of [a] finishing act, in allusion to the customary singing of the doxology at the close of [a church] service.
--William Whitney's Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, 1889


I gave the fellow a socdologer over the head with the barrel of my gun.
--Davy Crockett's "The Bear Hunt," 1835


Birthday of Davy Crockett (1786-1836),
legendary American frontiersman. He was elected to Congress in 1827 and served three terms. Returning home to Tennessee, he was asked about the habits of Washingtonians. "They have breakfast when the sun in one or two hours high," Crockett replied, "when you fellas have done nearly a half day's work. About one or two o'clock, they have what they call 'lunch,' and way in the night they have their dinner." Asked when capital residents eat supper, Crockett thought for a moment and added, "They don't get that 'til the next day."

Jonny Freakinouter, that was a sockdologer!

...Nah, I just can't see it.

-The Gneech, king of the wild frontier
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