The word comes from Lord Dundreary, a character in the stage play Our American Cousin by Tom Taylor, who is prone to making such mistakes. The phrases were mildly popular when the play premiered in 1858, but are now largely forgotten. The play itself is mostly remembered for being the one that U.S. President Abraham Lincoln was attending when he was assassinated.
- Michael Diamond, Victorian Sensation, London: Anthem, 2003, ISBN 1-84331-150-X, p.266
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