One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
in combination (in units of measurement) deca-.
Nonstandard spelling of the, used in representing speech.
- ‘I'm wit you bro…fight da man!’
- ‘The lyrics tell all your usual stories of life on da street.’
- ‘You are da best!’
- ‘So I'm askin' you a question, why you write dat stuff about da girls?’
One's father.‘I learned the songs from my da’
- ‘They just wrecked the place, taking £300 and stealing my da's watch and two rings belonging to my wife's mother, breaking both our hearts.’
- ‘The boy played some tricks on his da just to be getting attention.’
- ‘He makes a few bob singing in the pub, accompanied by his da on the fiddle.’
- ‘Perhaps she'll turn out like her Ma, and be a comfort to her Da.’
- ‘If my da can't find a parking spot he always blames it on me or my brother.’
- ‘I remember the days when we got a bike with wheels that fell off after five minutes and your da tells you that Santa must've had a bad elf working for him.’
- ‘Funny enough, the time I met his Da he didn't take a cup of tea.’
- ‘She is considerably more energetic with the camera than her da.’
- ‘You know your Da is real proud of you.’
- ‘For at least a week in the middle of the summer and maybe even two if the weather was good, my da would drop my brother and myself off at the farm.’
Mid 19th century: abbreviation of dada.
1US District attorney.
2informal Duck's ass (a man's hairstyle of the 1950s).
3Doctor of Arts.
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