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But only learned on the net because someone (a librarian) went
and looked in a book.  Should be a moral in there somewhere.


Quoting James Read <[log in to unmask]>:

> the things one learns on the NET nowadays!
> awesome!
>
>
> At 02:08 PM 6/4/2002 -0400, you wrote:
> >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
> > > piece of crocheting fixed on the shirt.
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > >
> > > Quoting Kristin Peterson-Ishaq <[log in to unmask]>:
> > >
> > > > 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:
> > > >
> > > > I was rather taken by surprise with the shirts, they being
> something
> > > > that I
> > > > was not looking for in the shape they are, but I must say that I
> think
> > > > they
> > > > 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.
> > > >
> > > > 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
> > > >
> > > > ***********************************************************
> > > > 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>
> > >
>