[Ads-l] Not So Shaggy, 1919

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Aug 7 14:26:35 UTC 2015

Maybe related to shaggy dog stories (OED has 1937 for such stories/yarns)--or not. "Bear yarn*"? Or if not, maybe so.

"NOT SO SHAGGY" is the section headline--of the final section--under "SPORTOGRAPHS by Frank H. Frawley."

[The entire section text:]

Denver has it that C. C. will try to get Ogden Verner and Garside in football togs because of the fact that Chuck Schneider of the Mines was reinstated. "Stub" Davis, a Denver paper said, would also get into the harness. This is all a good pipe dream, but the Tigers haven't thought anything about it. Davis is married and is a commissioned officer in the regular army. Verner and Garside are engaged in other occupations and could not be here. But, then, a bear yarn is a bear yarn. Those yarns emanating from Denver seem to be extra sensational.

Colorado Springs Gazette. Oct. 22, 1919, p. 8, col. 1.

Stephen Goranson



* Exempli gratia:

Field and Stream, April 1, 1911, p.499, col. 2 [GB]

"He had made the camp tired with his bear yarns,..."

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