Antedating of Bazooka(the instrument) 1918

Grant Barrett gbarrett at WORLDNEWYORK.ORG
Sun Mar 25 21:26:20 UTC 2007

On Mar 24, 2007, at 21:48, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:
> By analogy with the usual "cleave [someone] to the
> brisket/waist/teeth/etc." I suppose "bazooka" here refers to a body
> part.
> My casual guess would be that it's an alteration of "bosom" (cf.
> "bazooka"
> = "bazoomba" = "bazoom" = "breast"). Any relation to the musical
> instrument's name?

Maybe it's related to "bazooty," meaning "the buttocks" or "the ass."

Grant Barrett
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