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The A to Z of Northern slang: H is for Hopalong Cassidy

The A to Z of Northern Slang H

Hopalong Cassidy

proper noun \ˈhäp-ə-ˈlȯŋ ka-sid--dē\

Definition: The name given by an adult when referring to a child who has an impediment to walking.

Commonly used about sprained ankles or stubbed toes.

Origins: Refers to the fictional cowboy hero created in 1904 by Clarence E. Mulford. Contrary to popular belief, the original Hopalong Cassidy did not have any problems walking.

Synonyms: limpy-joe

Illustrations: Dom Oliver.

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