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Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Sun, 11th Feb '07 11:11 PM


Author Samuel Beckett used a term I do not understand and wondered if any of the Brit's (Irish or otherwise) might recognize it.

In talking about how old someone is, a character says "he'll be forty next March, D. V." What does the DV stand for??

Larrybus  (Level: 320.3 - Posts: 385)
Mon, 12th Feb '07 12:42 AM

I'm not Irish or British, but I did take Latin in high school. From the context, I assume D.V. means Deo Volente ("God willing").

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6808)
Mon, 12th Feb '07 2:11 AM

Of course Larry is right... but maybe Beckett was making an obscure pun on Deevy -- old slang (maybe i saw it in a book like Brat Farrar) meaning excellent.
I cant find a reference in 'the google'.

or maybe DV is short for DV8 implies he was going to be forty-eight?


Suzer22  (Level: 166.3 - Posts: 1983)
Mon, 12th Feb '07 9:01 AM

THANK YOU! I am certain that deo velente is it - but the next line is something about "all the dees and vees". (I left my copy at school so I can't quote exactly).

Anyway, this is what I needed to know!

Now, how about the word "osy" - what's it mean and how is it pronounced? with a 'z' sound that rhymes with 'nosy'?

Tuzilla  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 3847)
Mon, 12th Feb '07 8:30 PM

Ya, Deo Velente. I remember him. He was the lounge singer at the Dunes in Vegas.

Garrybl  (Level: 294.3 - Posts: 6808)
Tue, 13th Feb '07 6:52 PM

Well I'm not an American but I thought Osy was the first line of the Star Spangled Banner

Osy can you say....

Or it could be the first line of the Australian National cheer

Come on Osy come on

But more likely the Latin phrase -- translating to 'would that they were all like that'

Osy sic omnes

And if you believe any of those, I have a very nice bridge in Brooklyn I'd be prepared to let you have for a reasonable price

(puns r'us)

Cypressriver  (Level: 59.9 - Posts: 160)
Tue, 13th Feb '07 8:18 PM

Barry, you're not American? Where are you from(if I'm not being too nosy)?

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