[Ads-l] ballard

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Feb 12 12:08:16 EST 2017


So you're saying that "Scotch ballard" refers to Sean Connery?

JL

On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 10:23 AM, Marc Sacks <msacksg at gmail.com> wrote:

> The OED defines "ballard" as "Obs. A bald-headed person," citing Wyclif's
> Bible, 4 Kings ii. 23:   And scorneden to hym, seyinge ‘Stey up, ballard!’
>
> How Beyonce will perform one of those, and who it will be, I have no idea.
>
> Marc Sacks
>
> On Sun, Feb 12, 2017 at 8:32 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
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> > A CNN commentator says that Beyonce' will give either "a full performance
> > or a ballard."
> >
> > Google shows a few exx. of "Scotch ballards" in newspapers going back to
> at
> > least 1903, plus a good number of contemporary "old ballards."
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> >
> > JL
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