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

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 21 11:21:21 EST 2020


Sounds plausible. A quick newspaper check reveals a number of people around
1910 whose first or last name was "Bozo."

But no clown named Bozo till 1919.

JL

On Mon, Dec 21, 2020 at 11:03 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:

> 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?
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> Stephen G.
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