[Ads-l] Polly

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 30 16:42:16 EDT 2017


> But who would name a kid "Paul Parrot"?

The same kind of parents who - supposedly - would name their twin sons
"Pete" and "Re-Pete," I reckon. In the post-War years, that tale often
appeared in the anecdote sections of newspapers and magazines.

On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 8:00 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

> 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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-- 
-Wilson
-----
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.
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