Benjamin Fortson fortson at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Tue Apr 2 19:31:36 UTC 2002

> cacafuego: a braggart, a noisy bully
> 1627 John Taylor _An Armado_ (in Works 1630) (1869)  vol. I 79: The Captain
> of her was Signior Caca Fogo [...] a sweet affable Gentleman
> 1696 Phillips _Dictionary_ Cacafuego, a Spanish word signifying Shitefire;
> and it is used for a bragging, vapouring fellow
> 1698 B.E., Gent. _Dict. of the Canting Crew_ Cacafuego, a Shite-fire, also a
> furious fierce Fellow
> 1785 in Grose _Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue_ Cacafuego, a fh-te
> fire, a furious braggadocio or bully huff
 The "fh-ite fire" is surely sh-te fire (old-fashioned long s that looks
somewhat liek an f)


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