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    Smile dinneky doon

    Hello. I'm wondering what a dinneky doon means in this context below.
    I understand it is not a proper word, and I suppose it comes from Irish (because the speaker is a Irish woman).
    I can make a rough guess, but would you please tell me what it means exactly?
    Thank you.



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    "This is no way to treat me. You'd best think it over. I'll be seeing a solicitor, I will."
    "Fine indeed. You see a solicitor, and if he does not laugh you out of his office, I will be a dinneky doon."

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    Default Re: dinneky doon

    I've never heard of it and, as I'm sure you discovered, Google can shed no light on it either. If I remember, I'll ask my Irish friend next time I speak to her. The writer might have made it up.

    The context means you can work out the meaning of the whole sentence - the woman believes that the solicitor will laugh the other person out of his office (refuse to represent them) and, if that doesn't happen, the woman will be extremely surprised.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: dinneky doon

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    Hello. I'm wondering what a dinneky doon means in this context below.
    I understand it is not a proper word, and I suppose it comes from Irish (because the speaker is a Irish woman).
    I can make a rough guess, but would you please tell me what it means exactly?
    Thank you.



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    "This is no way to treat me. You'd best think it over. I'll be seeing a solicitor, I will."
    "Fine indeed. You see a solicitor, and if he does not laugh you out of his office, I will be a dinneky doon."
    Where is this from, who is the author?

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    Default Re: dinneky doon

    This is from <The Great Unexpected> by Sharon Creech.

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    Default Re: dinneky doon

    Quote Originally Posted by frindle View Post
    This is from <The Great Unexpected> by Sharon Creech.
    Sharon Creech is an American writer of fantasy books for children. I think we can safely assume that she made it up. It has no connection to the Irish language.

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