[Ads-l] 1904 bazooka

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 4 11:06:25 EDT 2016


"Bazooka" for a large fish seems similar to the use of "Gazooka" (1897), in the sense of similar to "bonanza."


Upon discovering what he thinks is silver or gold in a stream (although it turned out later to be mica):


"This is a gazooka. We can't lose."

San Francisco Call, November 30, 1897, page 14.


"Gazooka" was also used earlier in 1897 as the mock name of an African native in a cartoon.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, January 3, 1897, page 29.


"Gazooka" was also the name of a magical talisman in an 1905 play, "The Mayor of Tokio."

THe Piqua Daily Call (Piqua, Ohio), November 21, 1905, page 5.


"Gazook" was also used, on occasion, in the same sense as "Gazabo" during the period.  Sometimes a "gazook" was said to be a female "gazabo."   "Bazook" and "Bazoo" were used similarly a number of times.




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Field and Stream, 8th year, no. 9, January 1904, p.744 col 2,

SOME BIG FISHES....


The fishermen on the banks [of Sandy Hook, presumably NJ] nickname a cod of=
 fifteen pounds a "bird"; one of twenty a "beaut";  of twenty-five a "buste=
r"; of thirty a "darling"; of thirty-five a "bazooka." A thirty-nine and th=
ree-quarter pounder was caught last season.


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Stephen Goranson


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Field and Stream, 8th year, no. 9, January 1904, p.744 col 2,

SOME BIG FISHES....


The fishermen on the banks [of Sandy Hook, presumably NJ] nickname a cod of=
 fifteen pounds a "bird"; one of twenty a "beaut";  of twenty-five a "buste=
r"; of thirty a "darling"; of thirty-five a "bazooka." A thirty-nine and th=
ree-quarter pounder was caught last season.


https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=3Dmdp.39015024483441;view=3D1up;seq=
=3D52


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