FW: "Jass" card game in 1911 (from Barry Popik)

Victor Steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Mar 22 21:02:22 UTC 2012

Do you mean to say that is was not described as "music for yutzes"?


On 3/22/2012 4:44 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard wrote:
> Original message, 3/22/2012 from W Brewer:
> <snip>
> 'On the other hand, ages ago, one of my professors, Adolf Hoffmann,
> disdainfully referred to jazz as [dee YACHTS.muZiK] (??? foolish-music???).'
> *   *   *
> A clarification:
> "Yachts" here is the German word "Jux" (derives from Latin "iocus" = "joke") and expresses "joke/high spirits/a lark/a spree/frolic/wild exuberance/high jinks" So by "Juxmusik" the professor probably intended to convey "high spirited, exuberant, silly music."
> Gerald Cohen

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