Buckaroo: supposed African origin

Michael Quinion TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Thu Mar 13 14:16:51 UTC 2003

In the entry for "buckaroo" in RHHDAS appears the note "not from an
African language", which is fair enough. But who put this forward
seriously enough to require Professor Lighter to specifically
disclaim it, and from what African source? I don't have access to the
issues of American Speech to which he refers. Can anybody give me
chapter and verse?

Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
E-mail: <TheEditor at worldwidewords.org>
Web: <http://www.worldwidewords.org/>

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