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Posted by ESC on December 02, 2006

In Reply to: Whangdoodle posted by ESC on December 02, 2006

: : : : : : : The meaning of "whang-dang-doodle"?

: : : : : : I'll do some research. But from the song lyrics, I'm thinking PARTY.

: : : : : : Tell Automatic Slim , tell Razor Totin' Jim
: : : : : : Tell Butcher Knife Totin' Annie, tell Fast Talking Fanny
: : : : : : A we gonna pitch a ball, a down to that union hall
: : : : : : We gonna romp and tromp till midnight
: : : : : : We gonna fuss and fight till daylight
: : : : : : We gonna pitch a wang dang doodle all night long
: : : : : : All night long, All night long, All night long...

: : : : : The Urban Dictionary says:

: : : : : To a pitch a wang dang doodle is to have a good old fashioned Saturday night filled with drunken revelry, which may include but is not limited to fighting, dancing, singing and the like.
: : : : : See also the song by Willie Dixon of the same name. (See above)

: : : : Tnx for answering.This is the context of "my" phrase, its just enumerating,"it could be this and it could be something else,and it could be..."
: : : : ...).." it could have been a whang dang doodle, a phylactery testifying to the pompetus of love, or cloche hat made out of coyote skin."

: : : : There is a slang(no idea what part of English speaking world,but I found detailed exp. of this particular "meaning" on the net) of wang doodle as w.breast and wang dang doodle as penis. But I cant use that,since in the next line,the author(Stephen King) says."It could have been the penis of the poet Pindar.This guy was too far gone to know."

: : : : I also found Wilie Dixon song,but supposed there must be an object,some kind of trinket from the twenties called wang dang doodle ,that initiated the party phrase,but perhaps forgotten now?

: : : Interesting. I will look further and see what I find. I have already looked in a black English book and didn't see the word at all. I have some pretty comprehensive dictionaries -- like from the DARE (Dictionary of American Regional English) project. But they aren't up to W yet!

: : Whang = whang leather, strips or strings of leather for sewing other leather with. Used for shoe strings. "Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English" by Michael B. Montgomery and Joseph S. Hall (University of Tennessee Press, 2004). Page 641.

: : Event venue: New Greenham Arts, Newbury
: : Event title: "Wang-Dang-Doodle - The Texting Version"
: : Date/Time: Fri 13 & Sat 14 Oct
: : Description: The children's game Wang-Dang-Doodle has been adapted for use with mobile phone text messaging. Participants will take turns texting and drawing, the text messages acting as subject matter for the drawers, who in return text back. Four mobile phones will be set up at two locations, New Greenham Arts and a central point in Newbury town centre.
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: : For some reason I'm thinking children's homemade toy, an imaginary beast or a folktale.
: Whang-doodle - An extraordinary person or thing. "Down in Mississippi we'd call her a whang-doodle." From the Whistlin' Dixie chapter of "Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms" by Robert Hendrickson (Facts on File, New York, 2000). Page 156.

: Whangdoodle - A brand with a group of interlocking wings with no flying central figures. From "Cowboy Lingo: A Dictionary of the Slack-Jaw Words and Whangdoodle Ways of the American West" by Ramon F. Adams (Houghton Mifflin, New York, 2000. Copyright 1936). Page 124.

Whangdoodle/wangdoodle/wingdoodle - Noun. U.S. 1. Mid-19th century. Mythical beast of uncertain character. 2. 20the century an unspecified object, something one does not know the name of. Nonsense word. From & quot;Cassell's Dictionary of Slang" by Jonathon Green (Wellington House, London, 1998). Page 1271.

Whangdoodle - Noun. An imaginary creature, shaped and described according to the purpose and the imagination of the individu al telling a story. A whangdoodle can be scary, comic, or even lovable, but it is most often on the fierce side. From "Southern Stuff: Down-home Talk and Bodacious Lore from Deep in the Heart of Dixie" by Mildred Jordan Brooks (Avon Books, New York, 1992). Page 173.

Stephen King's meaning would relate to the imaginary beast or "something one does not know the name of." And I can see how the name might be applied to a trinket or piece of jewelry.