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Thread #54922   Message #852177
Posted By: GUEST,MCP
22-Dec-02 - 10:24 AM
Thread Name: Origins: 'Dony' / Doney
Subject: RE: Origin of 'Dony'
Perhaps similar to dona/donah/doner as used in some of the music hall songs ("I knows a little doner" from Liza "Never introduce your donah to a pal") (from eg donna)

From Dictionay of Historical Slang:

"A woman, especially the lady of the house from 1850s, Cockney and Parlary from Italian or Spanish via Lingua Franca. Hence in Australia from 1860s a girl/sweetheart"