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Posted: Fri 31 Dec, 2010 10:01 am
by jim
Dick's days - nothing to do with the Lionheart perchance?

Posted: Thu 06 Jan, 2011 10:53 pm
by dogduke
Had a word with Mi Mam yesterday about theorigins of Dick and Liddy.She has known of it for quite a long timeand remembers her mother(born 1900)using the term.Certainly a very old expression.

Posted: Fri 07 Jan, 2011 4:52 pm
by Arry Awk
dogduke wrote: Had a word with Mi Mam yesterday about theorigins of Dick and Liddy.She has known of it for quite a long timeand remembers her mother(born 1900)using the term.Certainly a very old expression. Nivver heard of em in all me 81 yurrs!I DO remember a club turn called 'Dickie and Dottie' tho!!!lolGeordie Lass(!) It IS "Deoch an 'Doris, as you say!Auld Scottish song, "Just a wee deoch an'DorisJust a wee drap tha's a'Just a wee deoch an' DorisAfore ye gan' awa'There's a wee wifey waitin'by the aul' but an' benAn if ye can say "It's a braw bricht meunlicht nicht"Then yer a' richt ye ken!(Famous Sir Harry Lauder music hall song!)

Posted: Sat 08 Jan, 2011 12:49 am
by Leeds Hippo
Earliest reference in print? Dick and LiddyYorkshire Literary Union 1871http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=6kFFAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Dick+and+Liddy%22&dq=%22Dick+and+Liddy%22&hl=en&ei=mZ4nTZuvHYPAhAflibmIAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CDIQ6AEwAwI suspect it goes back long before this - but who were they?One source might give the answer - but I can't access it (yet)"The English Dialect Dictionary" 6 volumes by Joseph Wright 1855-1930http://www.uibk.ac.at/anglistik/projects/speed/

Posted: Sat 08 Jan, 2011 1:06 am
by Leeds Hippo
Another reference from 1876"Yorkshire Puddin'" - 1876 John Hartley"Owd Tommy"....."Shoo wor, Tommy, an shoo allus will be toher deeing day. It put awr Joa into a awfulpasshian, but shoo didn't care a pin, shoosaid shoo'd lived too long near a wood' tobe fear'd ov a hullet,--but they're as reightas Dick and Liddy nah. Aw'll tell thi ha thathappens. Tha knows, awr Joa allus thowt adeeal ov his mother, an he wanted th' wifeto do i'th' same way; an one morning shoo'wor neighding th' dooaf, when Joa says...    

Re: Dick and Liddy

Posted: Wed 29 Jul, 2015 11:31 pm
by tallship
My mother often mentioned Dick and Liddy and it certainly pre-dated both the Watergate affair and Richard Nixon's presidency. Can't help identify who it actually referred though I'm afraid!

Re: Dick and Liddy

Posted: Wed 29 Jul, 2015 11:46 pm
by Johnny39
A term that was used a lot where I was brought up, Harehills, usually describing courting couples. "Look at them two, just like Dick & Liddy". Never knew who they were though but then again I never knew what a "Wingwam for ducks to peak on" was either.

Re: Dick and Liddy

Posted: Wed 11 Jan, 2017 4:11 pm
by loiner99
Does anybody know "Its all my eye and Peggy Martin" whoever Peggy was I dont know but I recall my grandma saying it back in the 50s

Re: Dick and Liddy

Posted: Sun 11 Aug, 2019 4:07 am
by Steden
I can remember the term being used in the 1950's but cannot help beyond that. I remember the Watergate / Nixon scandal, which was much later.
I always associated the tern with someone who looked, 'prim and proper'.