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[quote user="Hoddy"]What a surprise, it's in the OED. It gives doofer, doofar, dovah and doover. It says that it probably comes from 'do for' and started in Australia.


Yes: I also came across a usage as an abbreviation of "do for later." Australia sounds about right as a source, doesn't it?



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We call the TV remote control  the 'device'. And spend time daily looking for it. It's even been through the wash and survived.

Other 'things' have names- some 'christened' by others - 'Henry', 'George' and 'Jack'.  Cars tend to be called 'the blue one...'

Much prefer to simplify this stuff, & shorten names too.


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