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doggerel

Postby Stargzer » Mon Nov 28, 2005 1:55 pm

Poetry for the rest of us . . .


doggerel

SYLLABICATION: dog·ger·el
PRONUNCIATION: dôg'ər-əl, dŏg'ər-
VARIANT FORMS: also dog·grel ( dôg'rəl, dŏg-)
NOUN: Crudely or irregularly fashioned verse, often of a humorous or burlesque nature.
ETYMOLOGY: From Middle English, poor, worthless, from dogge, dog. See dog.
OTHER FORMS: dogger·el —ADJECTIVE

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Postby M. Henri Day » Sun Dec 04, 2005 2:16 pm

Our old friend Douglas Harper has some interesting things to say regarding the etymology of both «dog» and «doggerel»....

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Postby gailr » Sun Dec 04, 2005 3:21 pm

firedog from this, although Bartelby doesn't say so. And "to be worked like a dog" in some medieval kitchens is described here.
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Postby M. Henri Day » Sun Dec 04, 2005 3:36 pm

Cool links, as always, gailr !...

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Re: doggerel

Postby Slava » Sun Feb 17, 2013 2:14 am

Suggested here nearly 8 years ago, and recently used in an unrelated post. I vote its time has come.

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