Dough/Doughboy

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  1. Jason Gillard, Jr.:

    WOW. I am impressed. Not only by the play on words but also by the sheer intelegince shown in the answers. According to my grnadmother (she is 93 yo)the original meaning of the term “doughboys” refer to a small, boiled, suet dumpling, but it was also used by the enemy as a slang for american soldiers. Apparently the enemy were going to “eat them alive”. I guess she must have been but a girl when there were cannibals living in america

    Hope this helps

  2. Jenny:

    Here’s a claim to the origin of “bread” as slang for money:
    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112255870

    Repeated by NPR, no less.

  3. Regina:

    I think “bread” as a name for money might be bible-based as in “earning your daily bread”.

  4. Russell:

    The origin of “Bread” as a name for Money comes from the English Cockney Rhyming Slang term, “Bread and Honey” meaning Money. The term dough could be derived as a further slang term from Bread. Alternatively is has been suggested that it could be rhyming slang of it’s own, derived form the song lyrics, Do ray me far so la te do.
    “Do, ray, me”. . . Mon-ey.

  5. Doc:

    Doughboy is also cockney slang for a heavy punch or blow…my mum would always say to me as a kid “i’ll give you such a doughboy in a minute”

  6. Stuart Filler:

    I’m with Russell and Cockney rhyming slang bread short for bread and honey. Americans came back from WWI with rhyming slang, which drops the second term, so my wife, my trouble and strife, become me trouble, and in a 1920s Damon Runyon tale you get a New York character talking of needing to raise the money for his “shovel and broom,” using the full expression because he’s in NYC and no Cockney and because he is speaking in an affected manner, which is a kind of standard, you can delight in Pynchon’s Bleeding Edge (2013) to get the full flavor

  7. BruisedOrange:

    I came here checking to see if there was a connection between “doughboy” and the word “doughty” (valiant, fearless, determined; usually of a warrior).

    Merriam-Webster does cite the origin of “doughty” as Middle English, coming from the Old English dohtig.

    Anyone know if that’s a long-O vowel sound?

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