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Re: Dodgy and Dicey

Posted by R. Berg on May 11, 2003

In Reply to: Dodgy and Dicey posted by Lotg on May 11, 2003

: What are the origins of the words 'dodgy and dicey'? Both imply the same thing, but I can't see the connection between the actual words and their meaning when used in conversation.

: Thanks,
: Petalyn

: PS: I don't know if I spelt 'dicey' correctly either.

I think these are the derivations: "Dodgy" from "dodge," to evade, to act slippery and avoid being confronted. "Dicey" from "dice," connected with gambling, chance, randomness; = iffy. Isn't "dodgy" applied to people and "dicey" applied to situations?