There really needs to be a Sarcasm Font for online use. I’d probably overuse it, intemperate as I am sometimes, but once in a great while I run across someone I’d like to run across with a railroad car.


  1. fillyjonk »

    17 June 2019 · 7:06 pm

    the most offensive thing to me there is that idiot can’t even spell “conniving” right.

    (And oh, I have seen some doozies in my student evaluations down through the years.)

  2. fillyjonk »

    17 June 2019 · 7:07 pm

    (And yes, I immediately panicked, thinking maybe I had misspelled “doozy” there, that it was actually Deusie, given the origin I once heard for it. But no, I’m correct.)

  3. CGHill »

    17 June 2019 · 8:01 pm

    My signoff did in fact chastise him for messing up “conniving.”

    And once upon a time, I dropped in at the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg Museum in Auburn, Indiana; the term is indeed applicable to the motorcar, and it’s only natural that it would eventually expand beyond its original use.

  4. hollyh »

    18 June 2019 · 12:23 pm

    The origin of “doozy” turns out to be tricky. From

    perhaps alteration of daisy, and Duesenberg, a luxury car of the late 1920s and 1930s. It’s an English expression.

    Here is what has to say about the etymolgy of the word doozy also spelled duesy:
    American, from daisy (the flower), also 18th century and onward English slang for something excellent. May have been influenced by Eleonora Duse, Italian actress.

  5. McGehee »

    18 June 2019 · 3:52 pm

    If there’s anything to the witness descriptions of the gunfight “at the OK corral,” “daisy” was used in that sort of fashion in the early 1880s, so I can certainly believe the Deusenberg coinage probably did build on its similarity to “daisy.”

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