"cornet postilion" and "caperiosky" [Was: Another "kybosh"]

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Mon Jan 30 19:28:55 UTC 2012

On 1/30/2012 9:40 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> But Doug, tell us what kinds of musical instruments a "cornet
> postilion" and a "caperiosky" are! (Your instance of "caperiosky"
> seems to be the only one in the entire universe (that is, of Google).)

The whole book is done in eye-dialect with many malapropisms. I suppose
"cornet postillion" represents "cornetta di postiglione", Italian for
"post horn" (musical instrument). Maybe "caperiosky" represents
"capriccio" or something like that?

-- Doug Wilson

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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