[Ads-l] 1904 bazooka

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Fri Nov 4 13:35:15 EDT 2016


Cf "gazillion" (app. the earlier) and "bazillion" (the later).

JL

On Fri, Nov 4, 2016 at 11:06 AM, Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:

> "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,
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> SOME BIG FISHES....
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> 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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> https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=3Dmdp.
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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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