Craic & Codology

Topical Words – Compiled by Dick Shunery


An occasional service to Phoenix readers explaining the meaning of certain words that have suddenly become newsworthy.

This Week – DUP

Origin. contraction of Do + up. To Do Up, to repair, to improve, to present oneself well.
Eg “The party’s HQ is in a good location but it needs doing up a bit; say £2bn worth of doing up.”
“She spent hours doing herself up before meeting Prime Minister May.”
Or even,
“Nigel Dodds was done up in a silky black dress and fishnet stockings.” (Are you sure about this? – Ed)

In our next issue the topical word will be: Humourless