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    Default 'straight scooby-doo' meaning?

    Hi,

    I know Scooby-doo is a charcter from a TV animation, but I have no idea what the phrase "straight scooby-doo" means.

    I happen to see this pharse from a book.

    It says. "You better pay attention to that because it's the straight scooby-doo."


    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: 'straight scooby-doo' meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by sspring2 View Post
    Hi,

    I know Scooby-Doo is a character from a TV animation (cartoon in BrE), but I have no idea what the phrase "straight scooby-doo" means.

    I happened to see this phrase from in a book.

    It says "You better pay attention to that because it's the straight scooby-doo."


    Thanks in advance.
    I've never heard it used that way. I can only assume that it means "the absolute truth" or "a real fact".

    As an aside, in BrE we use "Scooby-Doo" as rhyming slang for the word "clue".

    - What's that?
    - I haven't got a Scooby Doo (means "I haven't got a clue", which means "I have no idea at all")
    Sometimes it's shortened to just "Scooby" ("I haven't got a Scooby").

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    Default Re: 'straight scooby-doo' meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
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    As an aside, in BrE we use "Scooby-Doo" as rhyming slang for the word "clue".

    - What's that?
    - I haven't got a Scooby Doo (means "I haven't got a clue", which means "I have no idea at all")
    Sometimes it's shortened to just "Scooby" ("I haven't got a Scooby").
    I've never heard that before, is it relatively recent?

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    Default Re: 'straight scooby-doo' meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I've never heard that before, is it relatively recent?
    According to my flatmate, about 10 years (though he admits he doesn't really have a Scooby!) No, really, at least 10 years.

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    Default Re: 'straight scooby-doo' meaning?

    Could it mean that something is disguised- they were always pulling masks off villains in Scooby Doo?

    The rhyming slang has been around for years.

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    Default Re: 'straight scooby-doo' meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Could it mean that something is disguised- they were always pulling masks off villains in Scooby Doo?

    The rhyming slang has been around for years.
    The original quote in Once a Runner doesn't capitalize Scooby-Doo, so I doubt he's referring to the cartoon dog. Plus, author John Parker is American, and the story is set in Florida, so he's probably not using British rhyming slang. I think the speaker in the dialog is just using "the straight scooby-doo" as some sort of local slang synonym for "the straight scoop" or "the straight scuttlebutt", meaning "this is the word on the street" or "this is the current gossip, and it is reliable enough to be the truth". (By the way, "the straight scooby-doo" is not a common AmE idiom.)

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    Default Re: 'straight scooby-doo' meaning?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    (By the way, "the straight scooby-doo" is not a common AmE idiom.)
    Maybe he wrote it after a holiday spent in the pubs of the London.

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