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walkem sodie \'wahk-um 'so-dee\ interj - Also: walker sodie, wahkum sodie; An exclamatory statement of inebriated glee, lit., a drunken "wahoo!" but employed in a manner similar to "walk 'er to ya" or "fill yer boots," i.e., an exhortation to go faster, harder, longer, etc., typically associated with the encouragement of activities such as dancing, racing motorized vehicles, or bar-fights; "Walkem sodie! We're gunnoo tamarack 'er down!" While not in ubiquitous use today, the term was very popular, and apparently exclusive, to Bath and surrounding areas after W.W. II and on through the early 1970s. It is said to have originated in the dance halls of war-time England, although it is unclear whether the term was actually imported to or exported from the Monquart area. Given the term's regional scope, the latter may actually be the case. "Walkem" has apparent etymological links with the similar verb usage of "walk," which may in fact be its precursor. Very little seems to be known about the origins of "sodie," however, although the word may be French influenced. See also: fill yer boots, walk. NEXT»

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