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Studley Dudley

Posted by David FG on May 07, 2005

In Reply to: Studley Dudley posted by James Briggs on May 06, 2005

: : I lived in England for a short while, people called me "Studley Dudley". What does that mean? I guess this must be a very British expression. Something to do with the place Dudley?

: Memory is dim, but I believe that it was a catch phrase on radio years ago - a bit like Jimmy Edwards' 'gently, Bently'. Thus, just rhyming slang.

At the risk of being accused of pedantry, that is not rhyming slang. But you are right, it is just a playful rhyming 'game': there have been lots of similar examples; Namby Pamby is an old one.

DFG