"23 skiddoo,"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Oct 2 11:12:20 UTC 2002

If you believe, as I do, that etymological explanations contained in the
earliest known attestation should carry a lot of weight, then "23" in
conjunction with "skidoo" seems to refer to the fact that ferries left
from 23rd Street.  See the 1906 citation in the OED.  But perhaps Barry
has earlier evidence.

Fred Shapiro

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