"bogard right through the crowd"

Wed Apr 28 22:27:13 UTC 1999

> > I heard a nonstandard speaker say that he and I needed to "bogard right
> > through the crowd" if we intended not to be late.  Has anyone seen this
> > documented?  I thought possibly that the spelling was Bogart or
> Bourguard.
>  The spelling is _bogart,_ as in Humphrey. That particular sense is
> defined in the _Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang_
> as 'to force or coerce; bully', and is attested to 1966.
        To which I would just add that it probably became most popular after
the 1969 movie "Easy Rider," which included a song titled "Don't Bogart That
Joint, My Friend" (wherein the meaning was broadened just a bit to mean "to
'hog,' or to selfishly withhold from the use of others"?).

        Jerry Miller
        Pulliam School of Journalism
        Franklin (Ind.) College

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