Posted by David FG on October 13, 2007
In Reply to: Gone over to Rome posted by R. Berg on October 12, 2007
: : : "Gone over to Rome"
: : : I heard this on the UK 'Weakest Link', and have no idea even what it means, let alone what it relates to. I guess it means betrayal, but Ann Robertson used it to refer to a 'dum-dum'.
: : "Gone over to Rome" in British English means "converted to Roman Catholicism", and "Dum-dum" is an expanding bullet; those are the only meanings as far as I know. Does that fit what you heard her say? (VSD)
: In the U.S., "dum-dum" is also childish slang, same as "dumb-dumb," a stupid or foolish person. ~rb
It is also possibly useful to bear in mind that Ms Robinson is not what might be described as an intellectual so could have thought she was saying something else.