[Ads-l] harp

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 28 20:30:52 EST 2021


Maybe, but the "jaw harp" was usually called a "jew's-harp," hyphenated as
one word.

On the other hand, Wikipedia seems to suggest that mouth-organs were
uncommon in the U.S. till after the Civil War, when Hohner began exporting
them from Germany.

JL

On Tue, Dec 28, 2021 at 8:21 PM Alan Knutson <boris1951 at charter.net> wrote:

> Or a jaw harp....
>
> On 28-Dec-21 7:17 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
> > Either a mouth organ or a very good price on a string harp (if that's the
> > appropriate retronym).
> >
> > On Tue, Dec 28, 2021 at 8:14 PM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com
> >
> > wrote:
> >
> >> 'Harmonica; mouth organ' (OED: 1887).
> >>
> >> 1858 _Nashville Patriot_ (Oct. 28) 3: I have also...Musical Instruments
> of
> >> every variety, from a 10 cent Harp to a $600 Piano.
> >>
> >> JL
> >>
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