going tonto

Mark A Mandel mam at THEWORLD.COM
Sun May 19 00:23:23 UTC 2002

On Sat, 18 May 2002, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:

#I suspect that "go tonto" refers to Tonto the Indian [taken as stereotype]
#in "The Lone Ranger", with the connection "go on the warpath". A stupid
#derivation of a stupid expression IMHO.
#The typical user of expressions such as "majorly", "go tonto" does not
#speak foreign languages ... perhaps can hardly manage his domestic one ....

In that case the person whose post I am quoting is highly atypical. I
suggest you reexamine your stereotypes.

-- Mark A. Mandel

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