Posted by R. Berg on May 06, 2002
In Reply to: Spiffing posted by Linda Edwards on May 06, 2002
: After a weekend of rain,
my husband and I both made the same remark when we saw bright sunshine on Monday
morning - "spiffing" !
: Anyone know where this comes from ?
The Oxford English Dictionary labels it "colloq. and dial." and defines it as "Excellent,
first-rate, very good, etc.; fine or smart in . . . dress and appearance." The
first quotation illustrating its use is dated 1872. Dictionary says "Cf. next
[i.e., spiffy] and such forms as 'rattling,' 'ripping,' 'topping, etc.]."
For "spiffy," it also says "colloq. and dial." "Of obscure origin; the shorter form 'spiff' is recorded in dialect use from 1862."