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    #1

    "handy-dandy"

    Have anyone even heard “handy-dandy”? It the name of a game which a person should guess in which one of his/her opponent is a small object. I think some people use “guess which hand” or "what hand is it in?" for naming this game.
    But I saw “handy-dandy” in an Oxford dictionary. It was interesting because when I asked people about the name of this game (even English people) no one knew it. Maybe it’s a rare expression and no one use it for this game. Maybe it is not in common usage in the UK.
    Anyway, have anyone ever heard this expression for naming this game?


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    #2

    Re: "handy-dandy"

    I see the Webster's 1913 dictionary gives this meaning. I have never heard it.

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    #3

    Re: "handy-dandy"

    As I said in the other thread, I found handy-dandy as meaning 'informal'.


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    Re: "handy-dandy"

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    As I said in the other thread, I found handy-dandy as meaning 'informal'.
    I've never heard that meaning, Queenbu. Are you sure that you didn't misread the definition.

    'handy dandy' just means 'handy'.

    That's a handy dandy tool.

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    #5

    Re: "handy-dandy"

    handy-dandy - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    Did I interpret it wrongly? (I guess I did,right?)
    Last edited by queenbu; 05-Mar-2007 at 22:21.

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    #6

    Re: "handy-dandy"

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    Yes. It was describing "handy-dandy" as an informal adjective.

    The actual meaning is, as Riverkid said, simply "handy," or "convenient and functional."

    "I cut my finger trying to slice an onion."
    "You should use my handy-dandy vegetable slicer instead of a knife."


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    #7

    Re: "handy-dandy"

    Quote Originally Posted by queenbu View Post
    Yes, I'm afraid that you did, Queenbu. The reference to 'informal' means that it's used in informal/casual language. The meaning is directly below that where it says 'dandy', definition #2.

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    #9

    Re: "handy-dandy"

    Not to worry, Queenbu, it's not that big a deal. It could have happened to anyone.

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    #10

    Re: "handy-dandy"

    Thanks-you're a sport. I guess I was tired after having given a two hour lesson on the commensurability of numbers!
    Last edited by queenbu; 06-Mar-2007 at 15:55.

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