Nickname "Spike" (1894)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Feb 6 15:21:20 UTC 2008

"Spike" was a common nickname for tough guys in pulp literature. Here's a very early ex.:

  1894 _Phila. Inquirer_ (Dec. 25) 3: SPIKE STRUCK IT RICH...."Spike" was racetrack tout, or rather he had been.  Spike was lean and angular.


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