[Ads-l] Bozo as pejorative use of a PN?

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Mon Dec 21 11:03:04 EST 2020


Charlie Chaplin performed in "The New Janitor" in 1914.
In 1916 a play with the same title, the lead character is Bozo.
Since the word bozo, afaik, it attested only later, might this be an unfriendly borrowing of an eastern european PN?

Stephen G.

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