Melvyn Bragg book
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Fri Nov 28 01:29:40 UTC 2003
According to an essay at http://www.compedit.com/native_humor.htm, there is a contemporaneous story in which Crockett calls a spittoon "a beautiful tin box with a leetle hole in the top of it" and refuses to use it, spitting on what he calls a "splendiferous carpit" instead. The essay's footnoting is garbled in the online version, but I believe that this may be cited to The Crockett Almanac for 1839 (Nashville: B. Harding), p. xx.
In a message dated Mon, 24 Nov 2003 12:08:12 -0000, Michael Quinion
<TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG> writes
> [Melvyn Bragg] also states that Davy Crockett "was one of the first
> 'Tall Talk' - using new words like 'skedaddle', 'hunky-dory' and
> 'splendiferous'". The OED has first examples of these from 1861, 1866
> and 1843 respectively, while Crockett, of course, died at the Alamo
> in 1836.
> Crockett is not on record anywhere I've looked as employing any of
> these words. Before I assert catagorically Bragg is wrong about this,
> would anyone who knows different tell me where there's evidence that
> Crockett did indeed use them?
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