Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 24 01:56:21 UTC 2008

On Wed, Apr 23, 2008 at 8:50 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
> At 8:36 PM -0400 4/23/08, Wilson Gray wrote:
>  >This was used by John Stewart on lat night's Daily Show.
>  Yup, caught it.  Jon withheld the pictorial evidence, though.
>  >  If it wasn't
>  >for Larry, I would never have heard this one, before. Rather, I
>  >remember "Jaf(f)ro" and "Isro," from back in the day. I assume that
>  >the "Jaffro" spelling both punned on "Jaffe" and blocked the
>  >pronunciation, "Jayfro."
>  I'd find all of these far too opaque, while "Jewfro" (even before I
>  had grown out my own) was quite motivated.

We've used that, or at least my wife has used it, for many years,
specifically in describing the hairstyle of one of my cousins in, hmm,
the 70s?

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