posted by Pickwick @ 7/27/2004 10:06:00 pm
I'm smiling and nodding.:-)
That's a relief!
It seems the word was introduced to the modern Australian vernacular by Mr Allan Kerr of Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia and can be traced through the Kerr clan for centuries.
Its been around for years, goes back to the early eighties
Dear Know-nothing,Centuries are before the eighties even the early eighties. So Jammit.
I first heard it as "Defongerlate" from Charlie Stevens who was one of the Rats of Tobruk during WWII. He said it meant leaving without announcing it e.g., at a boring party you could pretend to go to the loo but then disappear out the front door without a fuss.
I remember using this word at scout camps in the mid 1950's in VictoriaBrian Walters SEO
Mr Allan Kerr must defongerate now :)ps. he is not to be trusted
It was a common term with the apprentices at the MMBW in the early 1970's so it must be older than that.
Used in 1960's mystery by Arthur W Upfield, "The Battling Prophet", with Austrlian Outback setting, pg 183.
First came across it from my father in about 1950. Same meaning
My Dad used it on me just then, he is 92! He has known of it since he was a boy:-)
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