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

Joe Salmons 000008f18d0e0c45-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
Tue Jul 6 15:17:56 EDT 2021


Thanks. So, even earlier and still tied to personal names.

From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of MULLINS, WILLIAM D (Bill) CIV USARMY DEVCOM AVMC (USA) <0000099bab68be9a-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021 at 2:15 PM
To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
Subject: Re: -ski, whatevski(s), broski
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.

https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/search/pages/results/?state=&date1=1777&date2=1963&proxtext=boomski&x=0&y=0&dateFilterType=yearRange&rows=20&searchType=basic&sort=date
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