zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Wed Nov 27 00:20:48 UTC 2002
the OED has earlier cites for "napoo", but this one from 1921
(Herbert Jenkins, _Malcolm Sage, Detective_. George A. Doran
Co., NY - citation contributed to me by a friend) is fairly
"...when I found the bloomin' engines had gone whonky, then -"
"Found the engines had gone what?" enquired Mr. Walters.
"Whonky, dud, na-poo," explained Richards illuminatingly,
whilst Mr. Walters gazed at him icily.
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu), with thanks
to ann burlingham of perry, new york
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