"Flubbed his dub"
September 22, 2004
Posted by on
I was listening to Johnny Cash’s version of “In the Jailhouse Now,” which has the line:
Well Old Bill really flubbed his dub when he wore a tuxedo to the country club.
I did a quick search for “flubbed his dub” on Google, and only this Hindu Unity rant came back. You can find “flub your dub” a couple of times, including this bluegrass song. I assume that ‘flub (your) dub” means make a big mistake; but how did this Southernism get to India?
Merriam-Webster Online gives this definition of “dub” (among others, of course):
to trim or remove the comb and wattles of.
(Here’s a Mudcat cafe discussion of various lyrics for “In the Jailhouse Now”).
I don’t think I’ll need to talk about wattle-trimming, but I think I might start saying, “don’t flub your dub.”