‘So we moved up to Turriff and then the oil pedonged’, she said, and it clearly had. Had she been in her Standard Grade English class some pedant might have tried to correct her – but I imagine the process of explaining , ‘The correct form is “all gone PeteTong”, from Cockney rhyming slang’, might have been too risible.. and who the Hell wis he anyway*..
Pedonged it is, an example of expandable language growing in our midst, with the onomatopaeia of perishing elasticity , of bubbles bursting..
Id be glad to hear any other examples of its spread..
* Lame superstar DJ of twenty years back .. Interestingly present at the recent Oscar ceremony when things did go PT, but unable to add much to the occassion.
** But who was Tammy Norrie?