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Frequently, playing the Scout in TF2, I hear this phrase:

Thanks pally!

What does the pally in this sentence indicate? Is it his imaginary friend? A paladin? Is it a nickname for something?

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A random paladin in tf2 would be pretty awesome, but sadly it's just a colloquialism for "pal", aka friend, buddy, amigo, etc etc –  Chris May 25 '12 at 19:26
    
@Chris Put a helmet on a Demoman and give him a sword. Bam. Random Paladin. –  Zibbobz Oct 30 '13 at 3:51

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It means pal, like friend or buddy. Like saying buddy instead of bud, you can say pally instead of pal (or at least the scout does). It is not a reference to paladins or anything else - it's just a scoutism.

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That was deceptively simple.....I feel dumb. –  meme scientist May 25 '12 at 19:25

"Pally" is slang for "pal" which is another word for "friend." It's somewhat archaic, in that it would have been more common in decades past. It's fitting with the "New York"-esque aesthetic of the Scout's dialect.

It can also be used as an adverb to indicate being friendly, ie, "My neighbor and I were being pally by waving to each other while we were mowing the lawn"

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Might be useful to note that it's older slang (1940-50s, if I'm reading correctly). It's the sort of thing you'd hear from the Rat Pack, for instance. –  Allen Gould Jul 11 '12 at 15:20
    
@AllenGould, indeed, it's certainly evocative of a particular regional dialect in a certain time period. For some reason, I think of the northeastern US when I think of this word. –  agent86 Jul 11 '12 at 16:03

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