Query: "A high tuck a-haw" in "Turkey in the Straw"

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Sun Jun 13 21:45:44 UTC 2004

>         So we are left with three alternatives:  First, that tuckahaw
> refers in some sense to tobacco, even though the Chickasaws used it to
> refer to a different word.  Second, that tuckahaw derives from the
> Chickasaw word but in this instance is used as a nonsense word.  Third,
> and perhaps most likely, that the similarity between the word in the song
> and the Chickasaw word is merely coincidental.

I pretty much agree. Note also that Tuckahoe (same word, it seems) is used
to mean a native of [Lowland] Virginia.

-- Doug Wilson

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