A conversation I recently had with a Swiss co-worker:
CO-WORKER: Why do Americans say “okie duck?”
CO-WORKER: What does that mean? “Okie canard?”
GREG: It’s not “okie duck.” It’s okie dokie.
CO-WORKER: What’s does that mean?
CO-WORKER: Yes, but what’s a dokie?
GREG: Nothing. Nothing is a dokie. It’s like saying, “Oui, oui, Marie.”
CO-WORKER: Who’s Marie?
GREG: No one. I just made that up. But “okie dokie” is just a cute way of saying "okay."
CO-WORKER: But isn’t that what Bugs Bunny says? “What’s up, duck?”
GREG: No. He says, “What’s up, Doc?”
CO-WORKER: But he’s always talking to a duck.
GREG: You mean Daffy?
CO-WORKER: I don’t know. The black one who’s really loud.
GREG: Yeah, that’s Daffy.
CO-WORKER: But he’s a duck, no?
GREG: Yes, but Bugs Bunny says, “What’s up, Doc?” to everyone. Even if they’re not a duck.
CO-WORKER: What’s a doc?
GREG: A doctor.
CO-WORKER: He says, “What’s up, Doctor?”
I’m not sure whether or not things were clear at this point, but the conversation ended, apparently having run its course.
Life in the U.S. after Switzerland. Sad.
5 weeks ago