Antedating of "oojah" and "oojahkapivi"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Oct 19 23:51:48 UTC 2013

On Oct 19, 2013, at 7:13 PM, hw gray wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 19, 2013 at 1:58 PM, W Brewer <brewerwa at> wrote:
>> In my mind, <Hajji> is associated with <<The Adventures of Hajji Baba>>
>> (1954 movie).
> Compounded with the hit-song derived therefrom: "Hajji Baba," as styled -
> does anyone else recall the days when purveyors of "popular song/music"
> were commonly styled "(song-)stylists"? - by Nat "King" Cole, among others.
> IAC, I hated that song, thereby guaranteeing that I would carry its memory
> to the grave.
> Any connection with the "Haj" of John Robert Ross?
AFAIK, both refer to the pilgrimages Muslims make to Mecca.  I knew the story once from Haj Ross about why he was so called, but like so many other things it's lost in the mists of time.


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