Nickname Toddy?


Is there any moment in the movie, when it is revealed why McFarland got the nickname "Toddy"? Or what is meant by Toddy?

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Toddy is a hot alcoholic drink, presumably he over-imbibed on the stuff in his student days. The sinister Gray would encourage his bad habits.

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"Toddy" is also British slang for an attractive woman. So, there is some suggestion that Grey is gay.

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All good points, but Meg calls him Toddy as well.

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In the radio and television series "The Halls of Ivy" (radio: 1950-1952; television: 1954-1955), Ronald Coleman is Professor William Todhunter Hall. His wife, played by his real wife, Bonita Granville, always calls him "Toddy." Hence hearing Meg, the wife masquerading as a housekeeper, call Dr. MacFarlaine 'Toddy' was not surprising -- it's a term of endearment. The doctor's outrage at hearing Cabman Grey call him this-- "Stop calling me that confounded name!"-- could be any or all of:
1) as a name of a drink it recalls their early days when they were both graverobbers,
2) as a reference to homosexuality, having a 'hidden' wife may relate to the doctor's sexual preferences,
3) Grey is taking liberties (as he always did throughout the film) with the doctor in this case by calling him a name reserved only for his true intimates (i.e., his wife).

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So, is there ever any indication that MacFarlaine's middle name (or any other part of his name) is anything for which "Toddy" would make sense as a shortening? I don't recall any off the top of my head.

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The name Todd means a fox so that might be a reflection on his charecter...

It is not our abilities that show who we truly are...it is our choices

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hendrillh...I've never heard that it has anything to do with describing beautiful women? I think you are confusing it with "totty"...

I would agree that it is a reference to alcohol, I still hear references to a Hot Toddy, which is a hot whiskey

Noel

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Makes about as much sense as "Peggy" being a nickname for "Margaret."

"We're fighting for this woman's honor, which is more than she ever did."

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