1894today's wwftd is... dunducketty
- Feb 12, 2014the worthless word for the day is: dunducketty
[fr. dun + duck(?)]
Brit. colloq. or dial.
in phr. dunducketty mud-colour
of a dull, drab color
"It is better than all white, or dunduckety mud-colour paint."
- Mary Kingsley, Travels in West Africa (1897)
NB: OED also gives this quasi-citation..
[1847 J. O. Halliwell, Dict. Archaic & Provinc. Words,
Dunduckity-mur, an indescribable colour, but rather dull. Suffolk.]
this has been further garbled, and picked up by various word
collectors (you can look it up) as dunduckytimur,
a dull but indescribable colour