jassak and baseball slang
bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Wed Dec 1 06:56:22 UTC 2004
On Tue, 30 Nov 2004 17:51:06 -0600, Mullins, Bill
<Bill.Mullins at US.ARMY.MIL> wrote:
>"The Council of War," _Baseball Magazine_, October, 1916, No. 6, p. 25
>"There, there! Cut it out! Some of you split them two jassaks out before
>they kill each other."
>"The New Signals," _Baseball Magazine_, October, 1918, No. 6, p. 492
>"But Wharke here has ears like a jassack, and they could be seen a mile
>Perhaps a corruption of Jackass???
Yes, it looks like a bass-ackwards alteration.
Earliest Newspaperarchive cites:
Portsmouth (Ohio) Times, May 25, 1872, p. 2
THE Bible says thou shalt not commit muzzling the oxen and
jassacks, but says nothing about dogs -- let them be muzzled,
(New Philadelphia) Ohio Democrat, November 12, 1891, p. 1
They were dwarfs with humps on thar backs and heads like
Newark (Ohio) Daily Advocate, September 07, 1897, p. 2
The fact is gradually stealing into the minds of the Foraker
lieutenants that Hanna is trying to make a political jassack
out of Foraker.
Guess it was an Ohio thang early on.
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