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by Bill - 2010-11-13 - in education / language /

(DING-kuhm) , also dinky-di, fair , adjective True; honest; genuine.

Etymology Probably derived, like many other Australian words, from English dialect. The counties of Lincolnshire and Derbyshire had a word or dincum meaning "work; a fair share of work." The word was first recorded in Australia in Rolf Boldrewood's Robbery Under Arms (1888): "It took us an hour's hard to get near the peak." (© Wordsmith Words)

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