Thursday, March 19, 2009

Word of the Day

dogs⋅bod⋅y 
 [dawgz-bod-ee, dogz-]
–noun, plural -bod⋅ies. Chiefly British Slang.

1. a menial worker; drudge.
2. a worker who has to do all the unpleasant or boring jobs that no one else wants to do

Origin: 1810–20; orig. a junior naval officer, earlier a sailor's term for soaked sea biscuits or pease pudding


As in:

I need to go grocery shopping today and will need a general dogsbody. I informed Alex that he had been nominated. Tote that bag, lift that carton.

3 comments:

Keira said...

I couldn't think of a better dogsbody than Alex--strong and nicely compliant...He'll make some lucky gal a very nice husband someday.

crashhanna said...

Nathan ended up being my dogsbody - he actually wanted to go to Costco.

m_perfect said...

I have no dogsbody in residence...you want to share?