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Saturday, January 08, 2011

sockdolager

\sok-DOL-uh-jer\ , noun;
1.
A decisive reply, argument.
2.
Something unusually large, heavy, etc.
3.
A heavy, finishing blow.
Quotes:
WHACK! - bum! bum! bumble-umble-um-bum-bum-bum-bum - and the thunder would go rumbling and grumbling away, and quit - and then RIP comes another flash and another sockdolager.
-- Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
"Your first day awake with us was some sockdolager," Andy said. "You handled them sharps slick as grease."
-- Darryl Brock, If I Never Get Back
Origin:
Sockdolager is an odd American combination from the 1830s. Its probable components are sock, as in "striking a blow," and doxology, "a fervent hymn to god." Sockdolager is also possibly the last word Abraham Lincoln heard before he was assassinated.
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