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Spiffy

by Woody Allen

Now, we all know when someone is very dressed up, we say he looks “spiffy.” The term owes its origin to Sir Oswald Spiffy, perhaps the most renowned fop of Victorian England. Heir to treacle millions, Spiffy squandered his money on clothes – it was said that at one time he owned enough handkerchiefs for all the men, women and children of Asia to blow their noses for seven years without stopping. Spiffy’s sartorial innovations were legend – he was the first man ever to wear gloves on his head – and because of extra-sensitive skin, his underwear had to be made of the finest Nova Scotia salmon, carefully sliced by one particular tailor. His libertine attitudes involved him in several notorious scandals, and he eventually sued the government over the right to wear earmuffs while fondling a dwarf. In the end, Spiffy died a broken man in Chichester, his total wardrobe reduced to kneepads and a sombrero.

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Woody Allen, who today turns 73, is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker, writer and actor. His six sentences are excerpted from "Slang Origins," a New Yorker piece originally published in Without Feathers.

8 comments:

paulbrazill said...

Smashing. This young man should go far.

Kristen said...

Woody Allen's writing rules.

Quin Browne said...

i heard and have used the word spiffy since 1972 when i was a mere babe in arms.

now, more REAL sixers!!

Joe said...

Woody is hilarious.

Madam Z said...

I knew Sir Oswald. I once asked him if I could borrow a handkerchief, and he refused me. Selfish bastard.

Nelson the 6S Mouse said...

Squeak!

Killerwit said...

I knew Spiffy as well. Rather foppish and sad with that hankerchief collection. We'd always tell the ladies about town that it was because he blew so much. I say!

Anonymous said...

Obama is getting a spiffy new helicopter too