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And speaking of "pittsburgh english"....

How about the words  "skinny ma-link"? Used to describe someone who is very thin.

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@ncascade wrote:

How about the words  "skinny ma-link"? Used to describe someone who is very thin.


 

 

 

have never heard of that before, but have heard skidamarink or skinnamarink from an old song.

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Re: And speaking of "pittsburgh english"....

I'm from northeastern PA and grew up painfully thin.  One of the many derogatory names I was called was "skinny-ma-rink".  (Kids can be cruel.)

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I am from Pittsburgh, never heard any of these words....

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I'm not from Pittsburg or PA, but I do remember a similar term..I remember it as "skinny-balink", with a "b".  Maybe I heard it incorrectly, though, and that is my memory, because I only heard adults using it when I was very little.  And that was a long, long time ago.

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Re: And speaking of "pittsburgh english"....

I was a skinny kid and grew up (NY) hearing the expression "skinny balink"...

 

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I'm from Pittsburgregion (whole life).  This is the first time I ever heard that word.  I had to google it.

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@sunshine45 wrote:

@ncascade wrote:

How about the words  "skinny ma-link"? Used to describe someone who is very thin.


 

 

 

have never heard of that before, but have heard skidamarink or skinnamarink from an old song.



@sunshine45 wrote:

@ncascade wrote:

How about the words  "skinny ma-link"? Used to describe someone who is very thin.


 

 

 

have never heard of that before, but have heard skidamarink or skinnamarink from an old song.


common in New England and old-fashioned.

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I'm from the south but I remember singing skidamarinkadinkadink, skidmainkadoo, I love you!

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@GenXmuse

 

I remember that, too!   I assume immigrants brought these old songs/poems over here and throughout the years, the word morphed into a few different versions (merinks, malinky, balinks, etc.)...

 

ORIGINAL 1910 VERSION:

 

1. Down on a Boola Boola Isle,

Where the mermaids chant,

Reigns big chief Crocodile

Beneath an oyster plant.

He loved a sea-nymph selfishly,

Queen of the Gay White Wave.

Each night in his shell he'd go to sea

And in tuneful scales he'd rave:

 

CHORUS: Skiddy-mer-rink-a-dink-a-boomp, skiddy-mer-rink-a-doo,

Means I love you.

Skiddy-mer-rink-a-dink-a-boomp, skiddy-mer-rink-a-doo,

Means I'll be true

Skiddy-mer-rink-a-dink-a-boomp, skiddy-mer-rink-a-doo,

All the time he {sang/sings} this rhyme

Skiddy-mer-rink-a-dink-a-boomp, skiddy-mer-rink-a-doo,

Means I love you.

 

2. But when the midnight moon was pale,

King Fish Kokomo

Came floating over with his tale

To say he loved her so;

But she was true to Crocodile,

Said "Koko-Nut, go 'way;

I know, in a very little while

You will hear my lover say:"

CHORUS

 

LATER 1980s VERSION:

Skidamarink a-dink, a-dink,

Skidamarink a-doo,

I love you. (2x)

I love you in the morning,

And in the afternoon;

I love you in the evening,

And underneath the moon.

Oh, skidamarink a-dink, a-dink,

Skidamarink a-doo,

I love you.

 

Another version goes like this:

Skinnymarink e-dink e-dink,

Skinnymarink e-do,

I love you. (x2)

I love you in the morning,

And I love you in the night,

I love you in the evening,

When the moon is shining bright

Oh, Skinnymarink e-dink e-dink,

Skinnymarink e-do,

I love you.

 

 

skinny malinky

An old Scottish [children's playground] song about being very thin:

 

Skinny Malinky lang legs, umbrella feet
Went to the pictures (cinema) and couldnae find a seat
When the picture (film) started
Skinny Malinky farted
When the picture ended
Skinny Malinky fented (fainted)

 

 

 

No time to verify either of these, but...

 

Chapman’s Dictionary of American Slang
SKINNYMALINK or SKINNY MARINK by 1916: a very thin person [from Scottish dialect]

 

Oxford English Dictionary
SKINNYMALINK, SKINNYMALINKS, SKINNYMALINKY (Chiefly Scottish), a thin emaciated person or animal.

 

 

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