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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Play Dikkop

To try to deceive, as plovers do by feigning a broken wing when one approaches their eggs or young. A term of reproach meaning numbskull. From Dutch dik, thick, and kop, head.
- Charles Pettman's Africanderisms: A Glossary of South African Colloquial Words and Phrases, 1913

Jeffrey Kacirk. Forgotten English: A 365-Day Calendar of Vanishing Vocabulary and Folklore for 2011. Pomegranate Communications Inc.


KuietKelticGirl said...

I've heard this one... It was used in "Power of One". I think it was used a bit more unflatteringly as that definition has it.

S.M. Carrière said...

I dare say the definition supplied was done so overly politely, as academics are wont to do sometimes!