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2 comments:

Sally Prue said...

Good grief, I didn't know that. That's one to be used with great caution as it has another meaning, too, as in the refrain to the old song 'the hair on her dicky-di-do comes down to her knees'.
So presumably it also means thingumijig...

Jingles said...

Yes, for sure it is to be used with extreme caution!
The meaning of fool is from the mid 19th century, whereas the meaning you mentioned Sally is from the 20th century.
I wish I could have found where it went from one meaning to the other, but all I can find is 'etymology unknown'. I'm really beginning to hate those two words!