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lazarius
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020 3:09:03 PM

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https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/killer-diller

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n. an excellent thing or person. She is just a real killer-diller.

McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Admittedly this is a countable noun. Yet, the guys in this video apparently do not know of that:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdsVy3UZb7c

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She's killer-diller when she's dressed to the hilt.

Can it be that the word is uncountable in British English?

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thar
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:23:50 PM

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I don't think it exists in British English.

It is slang, a made-up rhyme - you can do whatever you like with it!
tautophile
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020 6:33:17 PM
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I remember a record for children from about 1950 with a cowboy song about a particularly savage bucking bronco that nobody could ride. The chorus went:

He's a killer (he's a killer),
Killer-diller (killer-diller).
He's a graveyard-filler of the West....

The song was by one Rodney Henson, and the version I heard may have been sung by the Sons of the Pioneers, Roy Rogers's group.

As Thar says, "killer diller" is a slang term.
Audiendus
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:29:27 PM
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lazarius wrote:
Admittedly this is a countable noun. Yet, the guys in this video apparently do not know of that:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdsVy3UZb7c

Quote:
She's killer-diller when she's dressed to the hilt.

Can it be that the word is uncountable in British English?


It is being used adjectivally here.
lazarius
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020 9:45:57 PM

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Audiendus wrote:
It is being used adjectivally here.

Yes, slang or not, it must have a syntactic role in this sentence and that's what I was asking about.

Thank you very much!

Here's something for thar:

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/beat-goes-on-xkvxhlscg9j

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Sir, The definitive autobiographical work The Story of Bo Diddley (letters, June 5 and 6) tells us that Bo Diddley is a “killer-diller”. Now, please, don’t let us have any questions on what a killer-diller is. Even a High Court judge should know the answer to that.

John Dowell
Twickenham, Middx

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020 12:34:46 AM

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Yes - it's definitely American. I remember from my (very) early days. It may be dated now.

Bo Diddley is a “killer-diller”. - that's a noun. Bo Diddley is an excellent person.

Get a dose of her in jackboots and kilt.
She's killer-diller when she's dressed to the hilt…
- that's an adjective. She's red-hot when she's dressed to the hilt.

Both Lennon and McCartney were well-educated in English {they both passed the "eleven-plus" exam and so went to Grammar/High school (rather than the less-academic "Secondary School")}. In the 1950s and 60s, passing the eleven-plus required a good basic understanding of grammar.
They had accents and used slang and "coined" words, but they spoke well.
I suppose using a slang noun as an adjective . . . well, artistic license!
lazarius
Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020 1:19:03 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
I suppose using a slang noun as an adjective . . . well, artistic license!

Thank you!

They are not the only to use it like that:

https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=killer%20diller

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Man, he's really killer diller on that trumpet.

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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, March 27, 2020 1:28:37 AM

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Well, OK.
Obviously this is a slang term which has lasted through the years (in some cultures).

It's not one I ever knew (I don't think I really listened to the lyrics of "Polythene Pam" before, though I do know that album). "Here Comes the Sun" is one of my favourite Beatles songs - and "Maxwell's Silver Hammer" original video was unforgettable, a totally new style ahead of its time, really.
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