laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Sep 2 20:35:55 UTC 2003
At 2:40 PM -0400 9/2/03, Kathleen E. Miller wrote:
>THE NEW YORK SUN, May 23,1941 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
>"Sir: In your issue of May 17 there was a letter in which it was admitted
>that the word 'pooch' as applied to a dog could not be traced to a
>legitimate origin. Several days ago I alluded to the dog of a retired
>British Army officer as a 'pooch.' He was astonished and asked if I'd ever
>been to India.
>'Pooch,' he said, 'is Hindustani for dog. I'm astonished to hear it here!'
>I told him that I got it out of the 'funnies,' where it was used by the
>late T.A. Dorgan, unless I am mistaken." V.E. Scott.
Whence "hot pooch" (because TAD couldn't spell "dachshund"), and the
rest is history...
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