1913 slang "gazipe"
gcohen at UMR.EDU
Fri Jan 23 01:56:27 UTC 2004
On Dec. 25, 2003, Barry Popik sent an ads-l message reproducing a
June 4, 1913 _Fort Wayne Sentinel_ article with various slang items.
My particular interest now is "gazipe", which the article's author
attributes to St. Louis and which seems to mean "the latest slang." I
don't find it listed in _HDAS_ or Jonathon Green's _Cassell's
Dictionary of Slang_.
Are there other attestations of this term? And what might its etymology be?
P.S. In the Fort Wayne Sentinel article below, see the top boxed
items and the next to the last line.
[excerpt from Fort Wayne Sentinel article]:
>[Start of boxed item--B. Popik]
> "BEST SELLERS" IN CITY SLANG
> Indianapolis--"Hod dickety dog!"
> Boston--"I should worry."
> San Francisco--"Are you jerry to the old jazz?"
> Denver--"It's mush to me."
> St. Louis--"Gazipe!"
> New Orleans--"Make a little dodo!"
>[End of box--B. Popik]
> ..."I suppose those city fellows kidded the life out of you,
>hey, George?" asked Henry Talliff, who met Stoner at the interurban
> "Hod dickety dog," said Stoner.
> "What's that?" asked Tolliff. "Didn't they get any change out of you?"
> "Didn't you hear me say 'hod dickety dog?" asked the
>traveler. "What's the matter with you rubes, anyway. Everybody who
>is anybody knows that that means I'm jerry; I'm hep; I connect.
>[column six] When you try to kid a fellow and he says 'hod dickety
>dog!' that means that the bunk bounces off of him. Are you next?"
> "Now, out in San Francisco the most popular word is 'the old jazz.' It
>means anything you may happen to want it to. There was a St. Louis
>man there who thought that he was real cute. He was trying to kid
>me, and just to show him I was wise I said 'Hod dickety-dog.' 'I see
>you're there with the gazipe,' he says. Get it?"
> "Hod dickety-dog," said Tolliff nodding.
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