I like words.
Words are how we communicate. And they are the closest we have to magic. If you record your thoughts in the form of words, they will live on after your body is dead. That’s magic.
I used the word “doozy” in a review I wrote recently. It’s a word that I was familiar with, but not one that I use often. After I wrote it, I started thinking about it. I know what “doozy” means. When you say that something is a “doozy,” you mean that it is an “extraordinary one of kind,” which could be good or bad, I suppose.
But, what is the origin of the word “doozy”?
There is evidence that suggests the word dates back to the Duesenberg car company, which no longer exists, the manufacturers of what some say were the finest American cars ever produced. That evidence is, to borrow a phrase from our English brethren, bollocks.
The word “doozy” predates the Duesenberg Motor Company by at least four years, but maybe as much as 17 years, when “doozy” was an adjective meaning “stylish” or “splendid.” The Duesenberg car company may not have been the origin of the word, but it is likely that it helped to popularize the word. It may be the reason that someone such as I, who had never heard about the Duesenberg Motor Company before this, still knows what the word “doozy” means.
Anyway, I find this interesting. Some etymologists believe that “doozy” is an alteration of “daisy,” which at one time was used to mean “a first-rate person or thing.” This makes me think of Doc Holliday in Tombstone, when he said “you’ll be a daisy if you do.”
I like that. “Daisy.” “Doozy.” And anything that ties back into Tombstone.
This was a doozy of a topic.