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Do X in Dildo [a historical linguistic anamoly from 1932]
|| 3/24/2008 || 3:59 pm || Comments Off on Do X in Dildo [a historical linguistic anamoly from 1932] || ||

Present day english could describe “Do X in Dildo” as some odd porno rave, but according to page 181 of Vikings to U-Boats: The German Experience in Newfoundland and Labrador By Gerhard P. Bassler, Do X in Dildo has a completely different meaning:

On its return flight in 1932, the “flying boat,” this time identified as Dornier Do-X seaplane, scheduled a refuelling stop in Newfoundland again. The Daily News (20 May 1932) reported that three hundred cars and nearly 1,500 people awaited this marvel of German technology, the largest heavier-than-air plane built by that time, “in biting eastrly wind.” They had to go home disappointed because the plane was forced to land late that day at Dildo instead. The next day, however, the crowds returned to the landing site in even larger numbers – reporters counted “fully 5,000 people” – by car, bus, and train to see “the world’s largest flying boat.” The parade of “eager sightseers” began before daylight. A special thirteen-car train left St. John’s early in the morning to take a thousand people to Holyrood. This time their patience was rewarded.

This posting was inspired by this archived footage about someone in Dildo, New Foundland trying to change the town’s name.

View the town on Google Maps:



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