Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sarspadidious Follow up.

In a previous blog, I asked if anyone out there knew what Sarspididious meant, as someone had sent the word to me, but I couldn’t find any reference to it. Not even when I Googled it! However when I posted this blog my son also googled it about a week later and this is his findings: “Google only comes up with 3 results - one of which is yours, the other a dead end. The third is a forum where there was no answer but they think it might be a made up Aussie word from the 60's. Here is the link http://forum.wordreference.com/showthread.php?t=1316820”.
So unless someone comes up with something further, I am going to leave it as a Made up Aussie word from the 1960’s with the rough meaning of: “being deliberately silly or stupid.” So until or unless I find out more on the subject, that is where I will leave it for now. Thanks for your participation.

14 comments:

Howard said...

I recently showed the word sarspididious to my seven year old grand daughter and asked her to read it. Her mother challenged me to the meaning and authenticity of the word so I looked it up in the MacQuarrie dictionary only to find it absent.

I first heard the word from my father when I was about eight to ten years old and was being deliberately foolish. My father grew up in the town of Trayning in our eastern wheatbelt where his father was a bank manager and his mother was a nurse.

i used the term to describe the actions of an acquaintance during a night out in the Nungarin hotel which is some 50 kilometres from Trayning during the 1970s and it brought the general conversation in the bar to a halt. Several old timers told me that they had not heard the term for a number of years. I think that they were pleased to hear it. I know they were because the beers flowed freely after that remark.

A few years ago I recall someone referring to the MacQuarrie Dictionary as being remiss in not containing the word as it was a word that was used in that part of the wheatbelt during the depression years.

It's a word that I hold dear to me and I'll use it when required eg on political issues where some one is being obtuse.

Walter parker said...

Thanks for your comment Howard. It is obviuosly of an older generation than now.

Graeme Freeland said...

This is a word my late father used back in the 40s-50s in Geelong, Victoria. Silly, cranky. I always thought he made it up ... until I Googled today.

Graeme

Graeme Freeland said...

This is a word my late father used back in the 40s-50s in Geelong, Victoria. Silly, cranky. I always thought he made it up ... until I Googled today.

Graeme

Walter parker said...

Thanks Graeme, It now seems older than first believed and also not just confined to WA as originally believed.

mkn said...

My mum just used this word to describe somebody on TV. I have never heard it before! I asked her about it, then googled it and this blog was the best information I found. Very strange! My mum is in her mid 50's (from northern, rural Victoria and still living there) and heard it from her parents in the 50's and 60's and as far as she was concerned it was a commonly used phrase - apparently not! She was more surprised than I was that we weren't able find it anywhere. Surprised Macquarie hasn't picked it up. Weird :/

Walter parker said...

Thanks for the input MKN. Obviously a "word" from a forgotten era/time.

Darrell Treloar said...

This is a word my wife and I are familiar with from on our childhoods. The meaning as understood by us is: "smart arse" behaviour, difficult to get on with but with a sense of humour attached, cheeky to the extreme.

Walter parker said...

Thanks Darrell. Greatly appreciate your understanding of the word. Which while apparently known widely, its actual origins is not wildly known. Thanks again for your addition too our present knowledge of Sarspadidious.

Walter parker said...

Thanks Darrell. Greatly appreciate your understanding of the word. Which while apparently known widely, its actual origins is not wildly known. Thanks again for your addition too our present knowledge of Sarspadidious.

Barbara Oliver said...
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Barbara Oliver said...

Just to add that the word is spelt sarspididious

Walter parker said...

Thanks for that information Barbara. And for the spellingcorrection. Now my freind and all the others who knew or used it have a definitive answer. Many, many thanks for that.

Barbara Oliver said...

My mother made this word up in the 1950s. We lived in Melbourne (Chadstone) and it was a family word. It means someone who is being deliberately difficult in an argument and it has humorous connotations. It probably came from a combination of fastidious and sarcastic. My mother, who was born in 1905 in Pyramid Hill, the daughter of a teacher, was a very clever well-read woman but like most of her generation she stayed at home once she had kids.

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