One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Scottish, English regional (northern and midlands), and United States regional (chiefly southern). A puppet show; (also) a small box containing a display of pictures, etc., which can be viewed through a hole or lens. In extended use: any display.
2US regional and Caribbean. A ridiculous or ostentatious display; foolishness, nonsense.
Caribbean. Boastful, showy; foolish, ridiculous; worthless.
Late 17th century. From puppy + show.
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