[Ads-l] -ski, whatevski(s), broski

MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY DEVCOM AVMC (USA) 0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Tue Jul 6 15:13:19 EDT 2021

Starting in the 1890's, the magician Alexander Herrmann had an on-stage Black assistant called "Boomski".  I gather that several individuals occupied that role, and other magicians also called their Black, on-stage assistants by that name, so it was somewhat genericized.

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