Dick and Liddy

The origins and history of placenames, nicknames, local slang, etc.
jim
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Postby jim » Fri 31 Dec, 2010 10:01 am

Dick's days - nothing to do with the Lionheart perchance?
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Postby dogduke » Thu 06 Jan, 2011 10:53 pm

Had a word with Mi Mam yesterday about the
origins of Dick and Liddy.

She has known of it for quite a long time
and remembers her mother(born 1900)
using the term.
Certainly a very old expression.
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Arry Awk
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Postby Arry Awk » Fri 07 Jan, 2011 4:52 pm

dogduke wrote:
Had a word with Mi Mam yesterday about the
origins of Dick and Liddy.

She has known of it for quite a long time
and 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!!!lol

Geordie Lass(!) It IS "Deoch an 'Doris, as you say!
Auld Scottish song, "Just a wee deoch an'Doris
Just a wee drap tha's a'
Just a wee deoch an' Doris
Afore ye gan' awa'
There's a wee wifey waitin'
by the aul' but an' ben
An if ye can say "It's a braw bricht meunlicht nicht"
Then yer a' richt ye ken!

(Famous Sir Harry Lauder music hall song!)

Leeds Hippo
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Postby Leeds Hippo » Sat 08 Jan, 2011 12:49 am

Earliest reference in print? Dick and Liddy

Yorkshire Literary Union 1871

http://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=0CDIQ6AEwAw

I 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 1855-1930

http://www.uibk.ac.at/anglistik/projects/speed/


Leeds Hippo
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Postby Leeds Hippo » Sat 08 Jan, 2011 1:06 am

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
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tallship
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Re: Dick and Liddy

Postby tallship » Wed 29 Jul, 2015 11:31 pm

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!
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Re: Dick and Liddy

Postby Johnny39 » Wed 29 Jul, 2015 11:46 pm

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.
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Re: Dick and Liddy

Postby loiner99 » Wed 11 Jan, 2017 4:11 pm

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
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