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Post by Archived Topic » Tue Feb 02, 1999 12:00 am

What is the origin of the word "dicey" as in, risky or not so nice?
Submitted by Lenae Weichel (Raleigh, NC - U.S.A.)
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Post by Jonathon Green » Sat Feb 06, 1999 8:00 am

Unsurprisingly it comes from the word dice, and the image is of the unpredictability of throwing dice.
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