- 1994, Gus Lee, China boy: a novel:
- Like yur Uncle Shen, or whatsis phedinkus name. Yur fightin a big street lummox who kicks.
Very rarely used – coined by Runyon decades ago and has not entered common usage, with only very rare usage by other authors; incomprehensible without context or quotation.
Coined 1935, by Damon Runyon.
Phonology pseudo-Greek – note the ph. The term may be analyzed as *phe- + dinkus (“contrivance (slang)”), where the prefix is an optional consonant /f/, with the stressless vowel added in the same way as other mutually apophonic prefixes (when the consonant changes, the vowel changes accordingly) such as pi- (pizazz), she- (shebang), etc.