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Thread #47889   Message #1947941
Posted By: Amos
25-Jan-07 - 03:48 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Fiddler's Green
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fiddler's Green
Just to add to the upthread discussion, I believe the simplest discussion of "buffer" is that it should be "duffer", as in the related refrain "Here lies a poor duffer below" -- meaning something like an ordinary slob, a plain Joe, or a simple Simon.

"duffer
"old man," also "bad golfer," 1842, probably from Scot. duffar "dull or stupid person." But perhaps rather from 18c. thieves' slang duff (v.) "to dress or manipulate an old thing and make it look new." "