I couldn't resist; I Googled it.  For those who are inclined toward the
classics, here's the sole hit:
-see footnote 28.  But it doesn't shed much light.

Paul Donovan
Dept of Libraries

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Subject: Re: Query Re Civil War Era Language


I guess that it is a combination of flummery, a vain extravagance, and
diddle, a nonsense expression (OED).  I have never heard the expression
used in Franklin County, but that doesn't mean it isn't said behind my back.


At 01:46 PM 6/4/02 -0400, you wrote:
> Hi--
> The Center is publishing the Civil War letters of Chester K. Leach, a
>soldier from Fletcher, Vermont, and I am currently readying the manuscript
>for publication.
> I have a query about a word that Leach uses to describe shirts his wife
>had made for him. He writes:
> &&&& thereby suffer with the cold. Perhaps you think I dont like them, but
>I do and they are much better than I expected.
> My question is: What is a flummy-diddle? Does anyone know what it means?
>Is it still in use in Franklin County or elsewhere in Vermont?
> Any help will be much appreciated!
> Best,
> Kris
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