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Thread #54922   Message #1065056
Posted By: Cruiser
03-Dec-03 - 05:30 PM
Thread Name: Origins: 'Dony' / Doney
Subject: RE: Origins: 'Dony' / Doney
"…doney (long o) or doney-gal, meaning a sweetheart. Its history is unique. British sailors of the olden time brought it to England from Spanish or Italian ports. Doney is simply dona or donna a trifle anglicized in pronunciation. Odd, though, that it should be preserved in America by none but backwoodsmen whose ancestors for two centuries never saw the tides!" {End Quote}

Yep, and cowboys think their dun (dunny or dunnie) mares are "sweethearts" as in the song 'doney-gal' (paraphrased adage: ain't but two thangs a cowboy was afeard of--a decent woman and bein' afoot) AND a cowboy's two-legged sweetheart as in the song 'I'm A-Leavin' Cheyenne':

Goodbye, my little doney, I'm a-leavin' Cheyene,..

I'm sorry, little doney, my pony won't stand.