The Addictionary of Oxford English: Digger

Posted by Sir Alexander Johns | Jan 2, 2018 | Addiction, The Addictionary of Oxford English | 0 |

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Definition of Digger in English:



1. A person, animal, or large machine that digs earth

“While I’m loath to admit she’s a gold digger, she certainly isn’t entertaining the company of paupers.”Oxford English

2.  A member of a group of radical dissenters formed in England in 1649 as an offshoot of the Levellers, believing in a form of agrarian communism in which common land would be made available to the poor.

“Why at heart, of course I’m a Digger! I’ve always had an overwhelming urge to rise among the ranks of the dejected proletariat. Socialism courses through my veins as naturally as grain alcohol.” Oxford English

Diggers Quotes about Oxford English

“Oxford English’s eighth great-grandfather, Euripides English, was one of the most well-known Diggers of the seventeenth century. In fact, Euripides was responsible the 1684 raid on the Nottingham Estate, where they protested the wool tax by flinging sheep dung through the windows.” Horace Dowery (Historian and author of Poo and Protest: A History of Sheep Dung Massacres in the Early Modern Era)

“Oxford English may be descended from some of the greatest revolutionaries the world has ever seen, but in more recent centuries, his line stopped flinging sheep dung and began digging ditches. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a ditch digger; you mustn’t think me a classist just because I’m a Tory! It’s just… Oxford English doesn’t have much stamina for the back-breaking manual labor of his forefathers. After he left Sorbester, he tried to reconnect with his roots. Found out his granddad used to dig out some of the fields around Moretonhampsted. So Oxford goes to Moretonhampsted, buys himself a shovel and a pick, and asks if he can dig around in the dirt on my property. It was a bit of a mad request, but he seemed a bit… unhinged, so I let him carry on. Would you like to make a wager on how long he lasted? No? A whole twelve minutes.” Richard Wadley (A most dignified member of the landed gentry)

“That bastard has a knack for wooing gold diggers. Not me, of course. You close your crumpet-trap; I was his first wife! When he married me, he had nothing, so yes, I claim moral superiority. All the cheeky slags who came after me, however? You think they wanted him for his looks? Or because he’s just so down-to-earth? Don’t be daft, darling.”  Adelaide English (Wife #1)

“She called me a slag; did she? A gold digger? I’ll have you know, Mr. Johns, that I married Oxford for – oh, Sir Johns, is it? You must think you’re so important, with your fancy title. How’d you get that? Did you give the Queen an Aussie kiss? I’m out of line? You’re out of line! Yes, you will take your leave, Sir Johns. Good day, indeed!” Rosaline English (Ex-Wife #13)


Middle English: perhaps from Old English dīc ‘ditch’.


digger /ˈdɪɡə/

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