There's a word that sounds similar to rido and means right, as in correct. I've heard it in a movie. What is it?

  • You mean 'right' as in the opposite of 'wrong' or opposite of 'left'? Riba [reeba] & Louis [lewie] have been used as some obscure Cockney rhyming slang for 'right & 'left' before now. I have no source or citation, I've merely heard it used in conversation sporadically over the past 40 years or so. It's generally preceded by 'hang a' [riba/louis] & concluded with a location 'at the post office/just here' [etc] as an instruction whilst driving. Sep 17 at 17:32
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    @Tetsujin in opposite of wrong obviously.
    – user218867
    Sep 17 at 19:00
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    @user218867 It isn't obvious at all. Please edit that clarification into your question.
    – James K
    Sep 18 at 16:03
  • Shame on you to move this question here.
    – user218867
    Sep 18 at 23:54
  • @gon You mean 'left' as the opposite of 'stayed' or the opposite of 'rido'? Sep 25 at 12:10

Alrighty then!

It doesn’t sound like "rido" — it sounds like "righto", because that’s what it is. Per the paywalled OED entry:


A. int. colloquial. Expressing acknowledgement, assent, or compliance; ‘OK!’, ‘that's fine’, ‘agreed’. Cf. righty-ho int.

It means exactly the same thing Right! means. Their earliest citation is from Kipling:

  • 1893 R. Kipling Many Inventions 374
    ‘What’s the matter? Hit?’ said Bai-Jove-Judson. ‘No, I’ve just seized of your roos-de-gare. Beg y’ pardon, sir.’ ‘Right O! Just the half a fraction of a point more.’ The wheel turned under the steady hand.

Notice that they reference righty-ho, which sounds like "righteo". That’s pretty common, too. Again, means the same ol’ thing by any other nameo.

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    Note that it's not "right-to", but "right-oh"
    – Hot Licks
    Sep 16 at 22:24
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    @HotLicks Rye-toe!
    – tchrist
    Sep 16 at 22:24
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    "It doesn’t sound like "rido" — it sounds like "righto", because that’s what it is." - It doesn't sound like "righto", it is "righto", which does in fact sound like "rido" (or "ride-oh", which is what I assume the OP meant).
    – nnnnnn
    Sep 17 at 0:23
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    @GEdgar - Some Australians pronounce t as d when it appears in the middle of some words (e.g., water, or indeed righto), or pronounce it sort of halfway between t and d.
    – nnnnnn
    Sep 17 at 0:59
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    @nnnnnn The issue is that Brits and Americans will us a tap/flap as an intervocalic D, but Brits do not use it for intervocalic T in the way Americans, Canadians, and Australians do. Sep 17 at 8:52

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