[Ads-l] antedating "ish kabibble"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Feb 18 20:10:32 EST 2021


Heh.

According to the L. of C. Catalog of Copyright Entries. Part 3, Musical
Compositions. (Washington, D.C.: L. of C. Copyright Office, 1913), p. 1046,
the melody of the song "Isch Ka Bibble (I Should Worry)," "words by Sam M.
Lewis, music by G. W. Meyer," was copyrighted Sept. 16, 1913. The words and
melody, under the title of "Isch -Ga-Bibble," were copyrighted on Sept. 20.

So the headline "Nibble, Nibble, Ishkabibble" appeared nearly six weeks
before the song.

Fascinating.

JL



On Thu, Feb 18, 2021 at 7:53 PM Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:

> A popular song called Ish Ga Bibble was published in 1913.  I've wrote
> about it in my RealAlfredE blog.
>
>
> https://therealalfrede.blogspot.com/2013/03/what-me-worry-isch-ka-bibble-and-alfred.html
>
> The US was in the middle of the "I should worry!" craze.  "I should
> worry" was said questioningly, to mean the exact opposite - "what? I
> should worry?"  Imagine Billy Crystal in the Princess Bride.
>
> "Ish Ga Bibble" was intended to be a fun way to express the same thing.
>
> Sample Lyrics:
> I never care or worry
> Isch Gabibble - Isch Gabibble
> I never tear or hurry
> Isch Gabibble - Isch Gabibble
> . . . .
> I should worry if they steal my wife
> And let a pimple grow on my young life
> Isch Gabibble - I should worry?
> No! Not me!
>
> An explanation in 1914 claimed that a songwriter overheard the Yiddish
> phrase "nisch gefiddelt" in a vaudeville show, which supposedly had a
> similar meaning as "I should worry," misunderstood the pronunciation and
> wrote the song.
>
> Whether any of that is true or not is another story, but the song
> appears to be when the word became widely used.
>
> The "I should worry" craze influenced the later adoption of "What - me
> worry" as the slogan for Alfred E. Neuman on Mad Magazine.  A 1914
> poster by Harry Stuff used an Alfred-like image with the question, "Me -
> worry?"  Years later when the Mad Magazine people found a postcard with
> that image, they borrowed it and the expression for their magazine.
>
> ------ Original Message ------
> From: "Jonathan Lighter" <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
> To: ADS-L at listserv.uga.edu
> Sent: 2/18/2021 12:10:46 PM
> Subject: antedating "ish kabibble"
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> >
> >Still not in OED.
> >
> >1913 _Newark [N.J.] Evening Star_ (Aug. 4) 2: Nibble, Nibble, Ishkabibble
> >
> >1913 _Sheboygan Press_ (Sept. 23) 3: The Ish-ga-bibble bowling team
> >defeated Freddy Heerman's Colts 2 out of 3 games on the North Side Alleys
> >last night.
> >
> >1913 _Age-Herald_ (Birmingham, Ala.)  (Sept. 28) 8:  ISH-KABIBBLE?
> >Forst's Everybody's Shoe Store  Why Should You ISH-KABIBBLE?  If you will
> >come to Everybody's Shoe Store we will show you why you shouldn't
> >ISH-KABIBBLE!   [Photo.] This is the man who will Ish-Kabibble For You
> >Everybody's shoe store has the has the merchandise to prevent anyone from
> >Ish-Kabibbling.  For an explanation come to Forst's ... ISH-KABIBBLE?
> >
> >  Something was happening in 1913....
> >
> >JL
> >
> >"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the
> truth."
> >
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