Jinx cartoons--XX---query

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Apr 12 12:14:26 UTC 2005

"Double cross" ?  I.e., the best laid plans thwarted by fate ?   Or double deletion or erasure, in the same principle ?  My best guesses.


"Cohen, Gerald Leonard" <gcohen at UMR.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: Jinx cartoons--XX---query

Does a sign of XX have any signficance for jinx/bad luck? Barry Popik once sent me some 1911 cartoons all titled "Lookout for the Jinx" (NY Evening Journal, e.g. May 26, 1911), in which a jinx-like figure always has a double-X on his chest. Might someone know what its significance is?

Gerald Cohen

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