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

Peter Reitan pjreitan at HOTMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 21 11:24:16 EST 2020


The skit first performed about 1910.

There was at least one unrelated acrobat during the period whose name was Bozo, and the King of Serbia was named Bozo and occasionally in the news, but seems unrelated.
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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 unfrie=
ndly borrowing of an eastern european PN?

Stephen G.

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