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Well, yeah, that makes more sense than my flummy.


On Tue, 4 Jun 2002, Karl F Bridges wrote:

> >From the Dictionary of American Regional English Volume 2 p.500 it is defined as
> "a frill, bauble, bit of finery". From the context I would suspect that it was a
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> Quoting Kristin Peterson-Ishaq <[log in to unmask]>:
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> > Hi--
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> > The Center is publishing the Civil War letters of Chester K. Leach, a
> > soldier from Fletcher, Vermont, and I am currently readying the
> > manuscript
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> > I have a query about a word that Leach uses to describe shirts his wife
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> > made for him. He writes:
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> > I was rather taken by surprise with the shirts, they being something
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> > was not looking for in the shape they are, but I must say that I think
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> > cant be beat in these diggings. The cloth is very nice & the
> > flummy-diddles
> > are really charming & there is only one trouble that I can see & that is
> > my
> > desire to have them seen may make me forget to put on my coat and vest
> > sometime & thereby suffer with the cold. Perhaps you think I dont like
> > them, but I do and they are much better than I expected.
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> > My question is: What is a flummy-diddle? Does anyone know what it means?
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> > it still in use in Franklin County or elsewhere in Vermont?
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> > Any help will be much appreciated!
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> > Best,
> > Kris
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> > Kristin Peterson-Ishaq
> > Coordinator, Center for Research on Vermont
> >       and Vermont Studies Program
> > University of Vermont
> > 589 Main Street, Nolin House
> > Burlington, VT  05401-3439
> > Email: <[log in to unmask]>; Telephone: 802-656-8363
> > Fax: 802-656-8518; Web site: <www.uvm.edu/~crvt>
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