April 13, 2011

Weird Word Wednesday #10

The last few entries of Weird Word Wednesday have been delayed because people keep moving my furniture around. The dogs now live in the basement where I like to hang out, so it has made it difficult to focus on any activity other than glaring angrily from the few remaining out-of-slobber-reach places.

Anyway, this week's dumb human phrase is 'hot diggity'. People say 'hot diggity' when they want to sound especially stupid while trying to convey a sense of excitement. The word has no rooted real-world meaning - it was apparently gibberish that was made up one day by a guy named Al Jolson (see picture below). But then, what can you expect from a guy with such hits as 'There's a Rainbow Around My Shoulder', 'Ragging the Baby to Sleep', and 'Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula'?

Honestly, the human language is ridiculous.

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