[Ads-l] _splib_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Feb 21 21:07:19 EST 2017

On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 7:44 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> Wilson?

You got me. I read somewhere - Mario Pei? EBONY? - a while ago, that Bill
"Bojangles" Robinson made it up. He was still alive and kicking, in my lost
youth, but, AFAIK, nobody ever asked him and he never claimed it.

Speaking of "Bojangles," it was Edward "Bojigger" McGrew, younger brother
of Edgar "Hambone" McGrew who told me my first shaggy-dog story. I don’t
know whether ther’s any etymological connection between "Boj[angles]" and
"Boj[igger]" or why Edgar’s nickname was "Hambone."

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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