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Posted By: GUEST, GEST without a cookie
05-Apr-09 - 05:37 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Rory Get Your Dory (Eddie LeGere)
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Rory get the dory... Song or ditty?
Jim ~ For future reference, you can access the search engine of the Dictionary of Newfoundland English on the Main Page at GEST Songs of Newfoundland and Labrador. The only entry found in the dictionary for rory is as follows:

rory-eyed a also roary-eyed*. From a U S cpd (h)orry-eyed 'drunk': DAS oryide (1894), orry-eyed (1943): BERREY p. 106 hoary-eyed, orie-eyed, Am Speech iv (1928-9), p. 102 orie-eyed, 422, v (1930), p. 231; cp SND roarie 'drunk' 1865, 1904.
   1 Drunk.
    P 279-89 We used to say 'He's roary-eyed' when someone was very, very angry, really enraged, and also when someone was roaring drunk.
   2 Very angry, furious.
   M 64-3 When anyone dared to call him that [nickname] he'd get roary-eyed. T 147-65 He went right crazy, right roary-eyed. C 71-110 She would get rory-eyed meaning that she would get very mad or angry. 1985 A Yaffle of Yarns 11 I also realized that...Dad would be 'rory-eyed' and hit the roof if he knew his only son was takin' his life in his own hands.

I think Rory in this ditty is a person's name.