[Ads-l] Copasetic notes

Robin Hamilton robin.hamilton3 at VIRGINMEDIA.COM
Fri Mar 10 08:07:23 EST 2017


There's also, of course, Scotch Passing.

As Rob Roy McGregor (for obvious reasons) used the passing name, "Robin Roy
Campbell".

Frankly, given the associations of Clan Campbell in some areas of Scotland
(where a MacDonald would refuse to sit beside a Campbell on a bus), choosing
Campbell as a passing name could have a downside to it.  But the MacGregors were
(are?) a Sept of the Campbells, which is why Rob Roy picked that version when he
was travelling under an alias.

The Other Robin

> 
>     On 10 March 2017 at 10:57 Stephen Goranson <goranson at DUKE.EDU> wrote:
> 
> 
>     ________________________________
>     From: American Dialect Society <...> on behalf of Wilson Gray <...>
>     Sent: Friday, March 10, 2017 12:26 AM
>     To: ...
>     Subject: Re: [ADS-L] Copasetic notes
> 
>     On Thu, Mar 9, 2017 at 6:19 AM, Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu>
> wrote:
> 
>     > to (literarily) "pass."
> 
> 
>     What does that mean?
> 
> 
>     --
>     -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.
>     -Mark Twain
> 
>     Wilson, I don't recommend this book, but here's a paragraph (p. 289, yuck)
> that may answer your question:
> 
>     So McKay tries, and almost succeeds, in making his talent a white
> talent--white as leprosy is white. It would be absurd to single him out for
> especial blame. he reflects a part of his literary material, even if more
> often than not the worst part--"pink-chasers" who try to "pass." It is not
> kopasettee. But it is inevitable that prominence, or even any sign of promise,
> should expose the coloured artist to-day to an excess of blond influence, and
> natural, I suppose, that the worse should prove more infectious than the
> better. Perhaps McKay will yet learn to shame the devil and exploit the true
> McKay vein. Let us hope so."
> 
>     Stephen
> 
> 
> 
>     ------------------------------------------------------------
>     The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
> 

------------------------------------------------------------
The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org


More information about the Ads-l mailing list