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As an adjective, doesn't the word imply an intrinsic worthlessness? As in "fine and dandy"? 15:34, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

Almost any word can be spoken or written ironically, with an intended meaning opposite the standard one. Only if a word is usually used that way would we define it as such. Sometimes, in marginal cases, we note frequent, non-majority ironic use in a usage note. "That's all fine and dandy" is often used, not ironically, but to mean that something's merits are limited, possibly irrelevant to the situation at hand. DCDuring TALK 19:06, 13 November 2009 (UTC)


Kipling's notes to Three and an extra say that a dandy is a "carrying-chair". Equinox 18:29, 5 May 2010 (UTC)

Missing slang sense?[edit]

The Sex Pistols song Friggin' in the Riggin' has this verse: "The second mate was Andy / By Christ, he had a dandy / Till they crushed his cock with a jagged rock / For cumming in the brandy". Looks as though it might mean penis or erection. Equinox 15:55, 4 May 2016 (UTC)