[Ads-l] Polly

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 30 08:00:30 EDT 2017


Agreed. But the "poll" in"poll-parrot" isn't clearly a feminine name, would
you call a boater-wearing, umbrella-wielding, cigar-chomping male parrot
"Polly"?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Carioca

Not unless you wanted your nose removed.

Thanks for the reminder of "Poll Parrot Shoes." Never wore 'em, always
wanted 'em.

But who would name a kid "Paul Parrot"?

JL

On Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 10:04 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> > Used unisexually
>
> This isn't news, is it? Amongst the colored - well, for those of us born
> before WWII -  _polly-parrot_ is the usual term for "parrot," despite the
> existence of the well-known - at one time; the company once sponsored
> "howdy Doody Time" - "Poll Parrot" brand of shoes.
>
> "Paul Parrot had a shoe company for many years and in 1925 decided to
> manufacture children’s shoes under the name Poll Parrot Shoes. Poll parrot
> was an endearing term used for many years in regards to parrots (a version
> of Polly Parrot)."
>
> https://companionparrotonline.com/poll_parrot.html
>
> On Sat, Jul 29, 2017 at 9:07 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> > Used unisexually for a male parrot as well, in Harry Greenbank and Sidney
> > Jones's "Interfering Parrot" (1896):
> >
> > https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4MpZowd5sU
> >
> > JL
> >
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