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oroboros commented on the word dinkum oil
Dinkum Good, genuine, honest.
General Australian. From 1908 (AND). Attested in numerous sources.
In Australian English, this is often used in the combination ‘fair dinkum’ as well, which was current from 1890 (AND), meaning ‘fair play’; and ‘dinkum oil’ meaning ‘genuine information’.
March 24, 2012
I first ran across this phrase in the Walt Kelly Pogo comics. Pretty sure it means "the genuine article" with maybe a taste of the cat's pajamas or bee's knees? Maybe bilby will add his two cents?
May 8, 2010
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