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    "straight from the fridge, daddy-o/daddio!"

    Hello, all teachers!

    Some time ago, I watched a British TV series in which I heard the above phrase (a methaphor) used in a humorous way - well, regarding something in nostalgia.

    I believe it can be somewhat translated as: "cool, dude!" - equivalent to the current colloquialism, right? By the way, is this strictly a British usage or also known in North America and elsewhere?

    I'd appreciate it if you could shed some light on this.

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    Re: "straight from the fridge, daddy-o/daddio!"

    "Straight from the fridge" is Jazz-era (1920s and 30s) slang for "cool." "Daddy-O" or "daddio" is, as you said, the Beatnik equivalent of "dude."

    The American Jazz and Blues musicians of the 1920s and 30s developed their own sort of language, a lot of which influenced the slang of the 1950s and 60s. It was quite colorful and expressive - for example, instead of simply saying "be careful, that could kill you," they'd say "be careful, or you'll have six friends carrying you by the handles. (referring to a coffin)"

    Obviously, a lot of it sounds hopelessly dated now, just like "far out" and "groovy" do. But that doesn't bother some of us hepcats. Plant you now, dig you later!

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    Re: "straight from the fridge, daddy-o/daddio!"

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    "Straight from the fridge" is Jazz-era (1920s and 30s) slang for "cool." "Daddy-O" or "daddio" is, as you said, the Beatnik equivalent of "dude."

    The American Jazz and Blues musicians of the 1920s and 30s developed their own sort of language, a lot of which influenced the slang of the 1950s and 60s. It was quite colorful and expressive - for example, instead of simply saying "be careful, that could kill you," they'd say "be careful, or you'll have six friends carrying you by the handles. (referring to a coffin)"

    Obviously, a lot of it sounds hopelessly dated now, just like "far out" and "groovy" do. But that doesn't bother some of us hepcats. Plant you now, dig you later!
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    Re: "straight from the fridge, daddy-o/daddio!"

    Not to be mistaken for Al Jazz-era.

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