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Postby Bailey » Sat Aug 19, 2006 10:45 am

a wanton; a lascivious or light, giddy girl
It doesn't seem like a real word.

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Re: giglet

Postby Perry » Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:18 am

Bailey wrote:a wanton; a lascivious or light, giddy girl
It doesn't seem like a real word.

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I know what you mean. The association of giggle comes to mind too quickly.
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Re: giglet

Postby Bailey » Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:36 pm

Perry wrote:
I know what you mean. The association of giggle comes to mind too quickly.

and yet.... how appropos?

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Postby Perry » Mon Aug 21, 2006 2:02 pm

But seriously folks, the connection between the wanton, lacivious definition, and the giddy definition seems more like a pejorative judgement call, than it does entymology.

gig (1)
"light carriage, small boat," 1790, perhaps, on notion of bouncing, from M.E. ghyg "spinning top" (in whyrlegyg, 1440), also "giddy girl" (giglet), from O.N. geiga "turn sideways," or Dan. gig "spinning top."

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Postby gailr » Mon Aug 21, 2006 10:38 pm

This word seems tailor-made for a collective noun: a giglet of schoolgirls.
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Postby Bailey » Mon Aug 21, 2006 10:48 pm

you're right Gailr, it has a collective noun feel.

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Postby Perry » Tue Aug 22, 2006 9:35 am

Maybe the wanton and lacivious definition was tied in with giddy-up? :roll:
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Re: giglet

Postby sluggo » Fri Aug 25, 2006 11:13 pm

Bailey wrote:
Perry wrote:
I know what you mean. The association of giggle comes to mind too quickly.

and yet.... how appropos?

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Looks to be formed like chicklet or, no judgment intended, piglet. And looks at first glance like gidget.

And here I thought it was a performer's term for a short show. I think I've already used it as such. Is this from the Urpin' Dictionary?
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Postby gailr » Sun Aug 27, 2006 4:06 pm

singlet - one of a possible series
doublet - set of two
triplet - set of three
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giglet - set of one billion ?
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