On Sat, 09 Jun 2018 19:41:05 -0400, Tony Cooper
Post by Tony Cooper Post by Janet Post by Don P Post by Hen Hanna
"Rover, time for walkies!"
is the term [walkies] more common in the UK ? HH
Yes, but it is a strictly middle and upper class usage,
Yes, but used by all classes.
Post by Don P
the TV appearances of a lady dog trainer (of forgotten name) in the
1960s, and recurring in films etc.
" Her 1980 television series Training Dogs the Woodhouse Way made her a
household name in the UK. Among her catch-phrases were "walkies" and
I'm sure she's a good dog trainer, and a good person in general, but
it's a bit sad that she's remembered as the person who popularized
She's the person who popularised dog training.
Post by Tony Cooper
People who say "walkies" are the type who tend to kiss their dog on
the mouth...err...muzzle. Yech!
Maybe some of them.
"walkies" is a "command" to a dog, as is "sit".
The word "walkies" is sufficiently distinctive that a dog can learn to
recognise and respond to it.
The OED distinguishes between its use as a command and its childish use
although there is overlap. The childish use seems to have come later.
1. A walk (with a dog). Frequently used as an invitation or command
to go for a walk. Also (humorous) in speaking to a person.
1929 H. Williamson Pathway iv. 79 ‘Walkees?’ said Maddison to
his dog, who jumped up at him, while the other dogs stirred out of
various lazy attitudes.
1939 A. Thirkell Before Lunch iv. 93 ‘Master's stick for
walkies,’ said Mr. Middleton. ‘Fetch stick for walkies.’
1942 Times 17 Feb. 2/1 (advt.) Once the blackout is up—no more
walkies, no games with the Airedale up the road, nothing to do but
1960 J. Stroud Shorn Lamb x. 119 I bring Gorm along here
sometimes, for his walkies.
1981 Sunday Express 26 Apr. (Colour Suppl.) 13/1 Before long the
subject of walkies comes up. People are obsessed, Mrs Woodhouse
says, with taking dogs out for walks.
1985 D. Lucie Progress ii. ii, in Fashion, Progress, Hard
Feelings, Doing the Business (1991) 145 Come along, Angela [sc.
a woman]. Walkies.
2005 T. Budworth Wilby ix. 71 Here boys! Walkies before it gets
2. to go walkies.
a. In childish language: to go for a walk.
1937 G. Frankau Dangerous Yrs. lvi. 402 They were on the
embankment by then. Nan stopped the perambulator. Its occupant
lisped, ‘Can I go walkies, mummy?’
1960 B. M. Charleston Stud. Emotional & Affective Means of
Expression Mod. Eng. v. 179 Did he want to go walkies, then?
1962 S. J. Perelman in New Yorker 11 Aug. 20/1 [A] well-groomed
dog called Sternroc Sticky Wicket yesterday went walkies with his
1976 M. Lovell Your Growing Child i. 9 Mister sun's come out,
Tommy! Want to go walkies? Hold handy-pandy and go walkies.
2003 S. Hartmann-Kent Your Dog & Your Baby (ed. 5) 108 Most dogs
get very excited when it's time to go walkies. They think that
they're going hunting.
b. fig. Chiefly of a thing: to disappear, go missing. Cf. walk v.
Peter Duncanson, UK