Date: Thu, 20 Apr 1995 07:55:00 EDT From: "Dennis.Preston" <22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.EDU> Subject: dupa Nie, nie,nie! A doofus (see DARE Vol. 1, p. 136) is definitely not Polish for your backside. That is your dupa. A doofus is more often, according to DARE, a dolt, stupid person, etc... How about a new proverbial -not to know your dupa from a doofus. P.S.: To Polish speakers. Of course I know that dupa may be used for a stupid person. It even has the nicely expanded form (which refers exclusively to a stupid person rather than your backside) - dupa wolowa (literally beef's ass). Since the report here was about an Italian-American from a richly Polishly-endowed community (Buffalo), I do not in the least reject cross-linguistic contamination of one sort or the other. E.g., Italian-American hears dupa for ass from Poles, transfers sense to doofus learned in another area. [Don't overlook duff in all this; apparently a northern English term which may have played a role in all this backside - stupid person d+V+labial(+laxV)(+s).] Friendly South Midlands Polish speaker, di[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nIs 22709mgr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]