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Does anyone know the origin and/or meaning of "vosh rikki dosh, farno, farno"? I have tried to find it as a phrase as well as each word individually and I have had limited success. Also any ideas on the origin of "there's always something to cut the dog's tail short". Thankyou for any light you may be able to shed on these two sayings.
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It looks like a nonsense rhyme, taking off the sounds of Romany.
I suggest the originator of the question about Vosh Rikki Dosh interrogate, google, the Comic Strip "Smokey Stover". Billl Holman drew the strip from 1935 to 1973. The two wheeled fire wagon, and "notary Sojac" appeared in every strip that I recall. Always, also, were two small figures in one of the panels talking to each other. The one, "Vosh Rikki Dosh", followed by the answer, "Farno, Farno." I recall it as pure gibberish, no meaning, invented by the author to make people discuss it 70 years after inception. Do not hold me to the details, but my 65+ year old memory recalls the above distinctly. Contact me if you wish. Email Removed">Email Removed.
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Actually, this saying was in the comic strip called "Bringing up Father" with the characters of Maggi and Jiggs.

In the background, one portrait picture on the wall would say to the other picture "vosh rikki dosh" and the other portrait pictue would reply "farno farno."
AnonymousI suggest the originator of the question about Vosh Rikki Dosh interrogate, google, the Comic Strip "Smokey Stover". Billl Holman drew the strip from 1935 to 1973. The two wheeled fire wagon, and "notary Sojac" appeared in every strip that I recall. Always, also, were two small figures in one of the panels talking to each other. The one, "Vosh Rikki Dosh", followed by the answer, "Farno, Farno." I recall it as pure gibberish, no meaning, invented by the author to make people discuss it 70 years after inception. Do not hold me to the details, but my 65+ year old memory recalls the above distinctly. Contact me if you wish. Email Removed">dougcolleen AT sbcglobal.net.

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Oh, my gosh-my dad used that saying for years and nobody knew what it meant including him-if you ever find out-I would love to know-we thought he made it up!! He was born in Scottland and moved here to the States when he was 3~~
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I would love to know that too-my dad said it for years-even he didn't know what it meant-he was born in Scotland, but moved to the US when he was three-please let me in on it if you find out.
"vosh rikki dosh, farno, farno" may have come from John Colliers Fancies and Gooodnights. I use the expression myself, but don't know ( or remember ) the meaning or origin.
 I also remember this saying from the comic strip "Bringing Up Father."  
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