19 Apr

diddle – v.  cheat or swindle

Classical Usage:  Stubb boards the Rose-bud and with the aid of an interpreter who wants the same outcome, but for different reasons, convinces the captain to leave his two, stinky, dead whales.  After it is clear that they are to get the result they wan,t our second mate is asked if there is anything he has left to say to the poor Frenchman.  He replies,  “Yes, you may as well tell him now that – that – in fact, tell him I’ve diddled him, and (aside to himself) perhaps somebody else.”

Classically Mad Usage:  For a little while this evening I thought my list of Moby-Dick vocabulary words was lost, and I was really worried that I would diddle you out of Classic Word of the Days for the rest of the novel.  Have no fear – it’s been found.


Posted by on April 19, 2012 in Moby-Dick


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3 responses to “Stubbdiddled

  1. Adriana @ Classical Quest

    April 19, 2012 at 7:55 am

    Thank goodness you found it. I would have felt diddled indeed.


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