Karl J. Krahnke
krahnke at LAMAR.COLOSTATE.EDU
Tue Jun 29 15:54:03 UTC 1999
In a suburb of Detroit in the 1950s, /kabasa/ was widely used somewhat
derisively for sausage in a Polish context. Sine we did not eat it then I do
not know what food item it was supposed to refer to. There were three
ethnic/national groups in town - Poles, Italians, and other N. Europeans.
When the public hs played football against the Polish Catholic hs, the
mocking cheer was:
Boomarasa, boomarasa, hit 'em in the head with a big kabasa.
(That's /a/ as in "cot." A little rhyming evidence for .....)
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