[Ads-l] FW: Antedating of "zowie"

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Nov 7 11:05:10 EST 2016


Here is a 1905 instance with the alliteration zing-zowie

Date: May 9, 1905
Newspaper: The Pittsburgh Press
Newspaper Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Article: Says Wagner Is the Ideal
Quote Page 14, Column 1
Database: Newspapers.com

[Begin excerpt]
" ... When the Cubs were last here Coal Miner Brown made the crack:
"There's nobody I like to see come up in a pinch any better than Hans
Wagner." Maybe he meant it, but I'll bet he has changed his mind, for
the very next day Hans faced him at a time when a hit meant runs, and,
zing-zowie—that ball is going yet!"
[End excerpt]

I see this has now been mentioned: "The Inter Ocean" newspaper of
Chicago, Illinois mentioned a burlesque farce called "Zowie's Dion" on
May 20, 1900.

Garson


On Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 11:02 AM, MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY
RDECOM AMRDEC (US) <william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:
> Sorry, this went initially only to Robin and should have gone to the whole list.
>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY RDECOM AMRDEC (US)
>> Sent: Monday, November 07, 2016 10:02 AM
>> To: 'Robin Hamilton' <robin.hamilton3 at virginmedia.com>
>> Subject: Re: Antedating of "zowie"
>>
>> Chicago _Inter Ocean_ 20 May 1900 p 33 col 5 "The leading bill at the Lyric is announced as "a cross between a burlesque and a farce
>> comedy," called "Zowie's Dion," which is so amply suggestive in title as to need no further explanation."
>>
>> _New York Clipper_ May 26, 1900 p 289 col 1
>> ""Zowie's Dion," a burlesque written by two Chicago newspaper men, is the principal attraction here this week.  Dr. Dowie, "Zion's
>> overseer," who has figured extensively in the local press, is the butt of the production. Marjorie Maxwell takes the chief role and Phideas M.
>> Page is her chief assistant. In addition to "Zowie's Dion," a one act play, entitled "Lethe." "
>>
>>
>> Per wikipedia, John Alexander Dowie was a turn of the century evangelist (and possibly a cult leader) and founder of Zion, IL.  He owned
>> Zion publishing, through which he spread his message in a newsletter called "Leaves of Healing."
>> So perhaps "Zowie" comes from a combination of Dowie and Zion?
>>
>>
>> >
>> > Antedated to 1902 in GDoS:
>> >
>> > (orig. US) an excl. used to describe a sudden impact, or fig. amazement.
>> >
>> > 1902 [US] T.A. Dorgan in Zwilling TAD Lex. (1993) 90: Zowie!!
>> > 1909 [US] Pacific Commercial Advertisier (Honolulu, HI) 25 Dec. 3/5:
>> > This [baseball] game will not take place if it rains. If the weather is fine, all right; if not, then zooey for the fans.
>> >
>> > Hugo's cite provides a nice interdating/confirmation of early use.
>> >
>> > Robin
>> >
>> > >
>> > >     On 07 November 2016 at 07:17 Hugo <hugovk at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >     OED: c1913
>> > >
>> > >
>> > >     1908 July 17, Rice, Thomas S., “Nationals Swat at Lively Clip Until
>> > >     New Orleans Steps Into Breach.”, in The Washington Times[1],
>> > >     Washington D.C., page 10:
>> > >
>> > >     ---
>> > >     Zowie, what a walloping those Browns got in New York yesterday! A few
>> > >     more like that and the blow-up in Washington, then watch the anvil
>> > >     chorus in St. Louis.
>> > >     ---
>> > >
>
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