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Written on August 21, 2007, and categorized as Language.
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Twodge is a word which many find useful, and yet which so far has defied all definition; and this is perhaps the best indicator of Twodge to date – the meaning of the word has been obscured by prurience and confusion in almost all recorded annals.

Etymological claims have been made with reference to Cassells Dictonary of Slang relating the word Twodge to various archaic descriptors of pudenda, such as the well-known twat which dates back to the 17th Century, and similar versions such as twatchel, twachel, twachylle, twachil, twachit, twitchet, and twittle; and there is also the confusion of the “a” and the “o” as in the north western English vernacular used in Liverpool / Birkenhead / Merseyside, where Twodge becomes Twadge as in, “stinks like granny twadge”.

However, despite these possible origins, the clearest indicator that Twodge is in all probability removed from these vulgar and presumed derogatory uses is to be found in the common substitution of homonyms, or related sounds, one for another, which persists in the English language, as used by the English themselves to this day. In context, meaning is opaque to everyone except the native speaker, whose mother tongue equips him or her with the ability to impart shades of meaning via rhyme, including internal rhyme, and the conflation of words; and this practise extends far further afield than the well-known Thames estuary-originated Cockney Rhyming Slang.

To define Twodge and accurately assess its meaning, one needs to search within the sound of the word, and this is best begun by clearly enunciating the word aloud, and then by breaking the word down into its component parts, each of which gives clues as to meaning.

It is important not to be to fixed upon the two letters beginning the word – “TW” – as in rhyme, the middle and end of a word have more value. It is also important to note common slang usage in other words as these impact upon the use of sounds as descriptors, sometimes with onomatopÅ“ia giving further indication as to meaning.

From the perspective of the central part of the word, “ODG” Twodge sounds like bodge or dodge and may include aspects therefore of either of these word’s meaning. Given its common, street origins, it is unlikely to relate to the word lodge with the meaning of this word stemming from hunting and masonry; however it may be related to the word splodge. All of these words carry common elements – bodge = to mess up (botch); dodge = to avoid or escape; splodge = a messy splat.

Next we must also look at the “DGE” part of the word, which allows us to vary vowels, so that the “O” may become “A” or “U”. So, to broaden the search, we should include (as above) twadge which is a humourous conflation of twat and vag (abbreviation of vagina); fudge, and budge. Note that fudge has two meanings: a sweet confectionery, and also, to blur differences, or to deliberately confuse – so it is similar to bodge in this way. Indeed, one might bodge a repair job and then fudge the report to obscure the bodge.

Twodge is a word with multiple meanings, most of which fall within a specific area, and many of which refer to mess, stickiness, and confusion. Sexual inferences may have much to do with human tendency to find multiple ways of referring to the body within the repressive strictures of society’s sexual taboos, and it is possible that Twodge became another substitute word for the intimate parts of the female anatomy after the fact of its usage in the context of mess or making mistakes. However, the sexual connotation is by no means the first and foremost.

From analysis deriving from my first-hand experience of usage, I have formed the opinion that Twodge seems to fulfill a wide variety of purposes, not by any means all vulgar. Like twat it may be used as a term of relative endearment without great insult, but unlike twat does not carry any particular association of immediate insult. To say Twodge in public does not cause offense, although it may raise an eyebrow or two. Twodge has a comic association which may be deemed light-hearted, and can be used safely in all manner of public situations, and as a word it certainly deserves elevating to dictionary status, although, being twodge, it will probably remain elusive and difficult to ultimately categorise.

See also: Twodge.com

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One Comment

  1. Indigobusiness
    Posted 21 August, 2007 at 8:03 pm | Permalink

    As someone who only pretends to speak English, I’m hardly qualified to comment.

    Forgive the preamble, I’ll get on with it…

    It seems hard to escape the numerical implications of twodge. Scatological as it is, it strikes me as endearingly useful in situations such as the anticipation of a loving parent opening a baby’s diaper, like a christmas present, and exclaiming with only the joy a parent would know: TWODGE!

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