"Cave Nullo cock" (of a hat, that is; ignore any chili peppers)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 29 00:26:00 UTC 2011

On Wed, Sep 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
"Postdates OED2 "Kevenhuller" sense a. Â -1746", Wilson.

There's no apology necessary, Joel. However, we have yet to advance my
*personal* knowlege of of the content of this thread. <sigh!> Clearly,
some aspect of fashion is the topic, since the phrase, "in the Mode,"
occurs. Even the subject-line, though certainly attention-grabbing -
it's as good as the titles of some of Dylan's work - is totally

"Cave Nullo cock" (of a hat, that is; ignore any chili peppers)

I could shuck and jive: Naturally, I'm quite familiar with that
conundrum. Indeed, I have my own thoughts on it. I'll be publishing in
a to-appear number of The Cut of his Jib, the journal of the
Jibberjabber Society. However, if your interest is serious, the
fullest currently-available explication of this matter is that to be
found in the analysis due to Joel Berson. You know the name, I assume.
Every serious study of the topic is derivative of his pioneering work.

But it would be nice to know what's going on.

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.
-Mark Twain

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