_melonfarmer_ "motherfucker" In HDAS?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Sep 25 14:22:56 UTC 2011

With no other plausible claimant, credit for "pimpmobile," coined May 15,
1963, must go to Wilson.

"Melon farmer" is one I've not encountered.


On Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 1:10 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Used by a character in the '09 re-run, Observe and Report.
> But, AFAIK, the term was introduced, if not invented, by Lou Rawls in
> his off-the-cuff monologue, "Streetcorner Hustler Blues," used as the
> opening for the song, "World of Trouble" in his album, Lou
> Rawls--Live, 1966.
> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dfu8k8es_iY
> He also introduced therein the phrase, "white-on-white-in-white," to
> describe the classic "pimpmobile" of the '60's: a showroom-new, white
> Cadillac convertible with a white top and with a white leather or -
> more likely, a white naugahyde, that being very hip at the time,
> moreso than ordinary leather; I owned a pair of naugahyde Johnston &
> Murphys - interior. _Pimpmobile_ is a term that I invented on May 15,
> 1963. (Naturally, it didn't occur to me to document this and I've long
> since lost track of the ace-boon to whom I spoke it. Not that his word
> would constitute "documentation" any more than my own word does, but,
> you know..<sigh!>) :-(
> But, seriously, folks, the term is so obvious that tens of thousands
> of others were, no doubt, independently speaking it in chorus with me,
> if not before me.
> Rawls's original formula is often reinterpreted to mean that some
> nouveaux-riche black dude has a white woman sitting _on_ white leather
> _in_ his white 'chine of whatever marque. This reinterpretation is
> probably due to the fact that _pimpmobile_ no longer has a standard
> definition. One of my ace-boons, back in the day, drove a used,
> shocking-pink, flame-jobbed Merc. Nowadays, that junker [Whoa! Just
> heard "Go get some boody!" used as the shikai to release the hidden
> power of a Shinigami's zanpakutoo. Youneverknow.] might be called a
> "pimpmobile," The word has come to mean, "any car other than a hoopty
> that a person of taste wouldn't be caught dead driving."
> On the gossip show, TMZ, the guys sang a song in which they described
> Charlire Sheen as liking to "tap that ass."
> I'm slowly learning not to be freaked out by this kind of
> trivialization of a once pefectly-good obscenity for which "get some
> pussy" was a cover. Oh, well.
> --
> -Wilson
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> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
> to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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