"Rosco" (in "Dukes of Hazard") from cant "rosco" (pistol)?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 2 15:59:53 UTC 2004

>In a message dated  Sun, 1 Feb 2004 19:32:23 -0500, "Douglas G. Wilson"
><douglas at NB.NET> says
>>   >    Might this cant "rosco(e)" perhaps lie behind the name Rosco in the TV
>>   > show?
>>   Sure, it might ... or might not. "Rosco[e]" is a routine male given name
>>   too AFAIK.
>Wasn't there an animated cartoon character named Roscoe, from the Betty Boop
>There is the town of Roscoe, Texas, which name dates back a ways.

Not to be confused with Roscoe, NY, which is just down the road
(Route 17 through the Catskills) a piece from the wonderfully yclept
Fishs Eddy.  I don't know what Roscoe, NY is otherwise  known for.


>The town
>is best known for being connected to Snyder, Texas, by the
>grandiloquently-named "Roscoe, Snyder, and Pacific Railroad".
>(Which in turn spawned a tall tale
>about the would-be robber baron Roscoe Snyder.)
>       - Jim Landau

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