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Diddly squat, diddly bo squat, bo diddly squat

Submitted by Ww Ww on Tue, 15/11/2016 - 03:54

Meanings of "Diddly squat, diddly bo ..."

English

There are these three variations commonly used today. It can be interpreted two ways; either 'anything' or 'nothing' depending on the context. Nothing, an insignificant amount, is more prevalent in it's use. "Bo' is an intensifier like 'very' is for adjectives.
Also there is a guitarist named, Bo Diddley, (different spelling), and later there was a cartoon character named Bo Diddly Squat but that was after the expression was known.
If you say, "He knew diddly squat about baseball." That means he knew very little, or nothing of the game. If you say, "He didn't know diddly squat about baseball." That means he didn't know anything about the game. This is a slang expression.

Explained by Ww Ww on Tue, 15/11/2016 - 03:54
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French

Diddly Squat= Rien
Anglais: He did diddly squat during his vaction.
Français: Il n'a rien fait pendant ses vacances.

Explained by celuigagnant on Tue, 15/11/2016 - 15:54
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