antedating reinikaboo (1898)

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Sep 28 15:44:57 UTC 2007

OED rannygazoo Chiefly U.S. dial. or slang. [Origin unknown.]
    A prank, trick; horseplay, ?nonsense?. (See also quots. 1901, 1940
1901 Reinikaboo

DARE ranikaboo n...a deceptive story or scheme; a prank, racket, or scam
[1893 Rally-kaboo] 1901 Reinikaboo

The Reinikaboo (News)      The Denver Evening Post (Denver, CO)
Tuesday, January
04, 1898; pg. 4; col D [19th C Newspapers]

The Reinikaboo (News)      The Milwaukee Sentinel (Milwaukee, WI) Saturday,
January 08, 1898; pg. 6; col B

The Word Reinikaboo Washington is Its Birthplace, Newspaperdom Its Stronghold
      The Owyhee Avalanche (Ruby City, ID) Friday, May 06, 1898; Issue
38; col C

also [Google Books full view] Feb. 19, 1898 Publisher's Weekly
REINIKABOO is a new word, current among newspaper men, meaning a statement of
news out of all proportion and almost out of relation to the facts, ...p337

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