[Ads-l] Polly

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jul 31 10:55:23 EDT 2017


> On Jul 30, 2017, at 5:43 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Wot, no "Three Pete"?
> 
> JL

If they spelled it that way, perhaps the parents couldn’t be successfully sued by Pat Riley for trademark infringement, although it would be an interesting case.

(Cf. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three-peat)

LH

> 
> On Sun, Jul 30, 2017 at 4:42 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>>> 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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>> -----
>> 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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