Sugar (money); Spondulix

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Jun 17 22:47:36 UTC 2006


1923 sounds about right for "sugar daddy"; HDAS has nothing earlier.

  "Sugar" was pretty common for "money" among American crooks and gamblers in the 1880s and '90s.

  I recently did a ProQuest search for 19th C. exx. of "buck" (dollar) and found almost nothing.

  JL

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I was looking at "sugar" (money) for "sugar daddy." The articles cited belo=
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seem interesting for other terms as well. "Spondulix" comes from Africa?=20
What does the HDAS have for "sugar" & "spondulix"?=20
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(Oxford English Dictionary) =20
sugar, n.

slang. Money.=20
1862 Cornh. Mag. Nov. 648 We have just touched for a rattling stake of=20
sugar at Brum. 1884 Punch 11 Oct. 180/1 Political Picnics mean sugar to th=
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is fly to wot's wot. 1890 _=E2=80=98R. BOLDREWOOD=E2=80=99_=20
(http://dictionary.oed.com/help/bib/oed2-b3.html#r-boldrewood) Col. Reform=
er (1891) 308 He's always got=20
the sugar, consequence he always gets the worth of his money. =20
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_"A FELLOW OF INFANT JEST."_=20
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GREENLEAF WITTIER. Puck (1877-1918). New York: Jul 3, 1878. Vol. 3, Iss. =20
69; p. 6 (1 page)=20
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Need I explain that "sugar" is the slang--I should say the colloqualism--fo=
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money?
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_"United States" Language.; THE MOTHER TONGUE ONE THING AND AMERICAN MANNER=
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OF SPEECH ANOTHER. _=20
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The Washington Post (1877-1954). Washington, D.C.: Nov 17, 1907. p. MS2 (1=20
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(From the New York Press -- ed.)
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..."simoleons," dollars, the "long green," paper money also, "dornicks," =20
"scads," "rocks," "dough," "sugar," all referring in one connection of anoth=
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to the national currency.
The following miscellaneous lot is of the South, chiefly the Southwest and =20
West:
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"Brutus" in Charleston is the same as "lagniappe" in New Orleans, i. e., a =20
premium or something thrown in at a purchase.
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Bungay in 'Go to Bungay!" means the lower regions.
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"Bacon rind" aptly describes the color of certain greasy negroes.
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"That beats Buck!" is the equivalent of the Irish, "That beats Banagher!"
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A "chiv" in California is a Southerner in Democratic politics, and a "pike"=20=
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a poor Missourian.
"To wake snakes" in the South is to make a speech in a rousing voice.
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The "Maryland end" of a ham is the hock; the "Virginia end," the other.
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The word "Josh," it is said, originated on the New York Stock Exchange.
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_Slang Phrases for Money.; DICTIONARY COULD BE MADE UP SOLELY OF AMERICAN=20
TERMS FOR CURRENCY _=20
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tId=3D65882)=20
The Washington Post (1877-1954). Washington, D.C.: Apr 19, 1908. p. M5 (1=20
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(From the Boston Herald -- ed.)
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"Boodle" comes directly from political circles in New York, with its sister=20=
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phrase, "the whole caboodle."
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"Honey," "sugar" and "sweeteners" denote an epicurean delight in what is =20
sometimes familiarly called "jacks."
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"Posh" is an enigma.
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"Spondulix" is interesting. The word was first applied to shell money used =20
on the west coast of Africa, and it got its name from the town whence it cam=
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Spondula.
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_Bits of New York Life_=20
(http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?index=3D21&did=3D523084702&SrchMode=3D1&sid=
=3D2&Fmt=3D10&VInst=3DPROD&VType=3DPQD&RQT=3D309&VName=3DHNP&TS=3D1150577214
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O O M'INTYRE. The Atlanta Constitution (1881-2001). Atlanta, Ga.: Sep 27, =20
1919. p. 8 (1 page)=20
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When he calls money "sugar" he is speaking in his own language--the languag=
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of the automat and the all-night drug store.
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_PRIZE RING HAS JARGON_=20
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The Washington Post (1877-1954). Washington, D.C.: Jul 24, 1927. p. A4 (1=20
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..."sugar," money and "rabbit punch," hitting in back of the neck.

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