They met at Lord Beaverbrook's: "very dicty. We were way up, feeling mellow." Not in the OED, it is a Twenties coining for fashionable - either snobbish or attractive - perhaps from decke: dressed. As Billie Holiday recalled, "A Rolls is only good for one thing, that's to be dicty." As for Ellington's drummer, he used to address the Prince of Wales as "Wale".Reuse content
THOSE WITH scant interest in the royals or Kennedys are surprised by Stuart Nicholson's admirable Duke Ellington: the Duke of Kent lost his virginity to Noel Coward in a theatre dressing room and took up with an Argentinian, Jorge Ferara. They had a menage a trois with Kiki Whitney Preston, the heiress, who plied him with cocaine and morphine; moreover, his piano-playing impressed Ellington.