Apology [was: Obama warns of the "old okey-doke"]

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 24 19:33:16 UTC 2008

Aw, Joel, you don't ned to apologize for that kind of stuff! That's
like the time that I was chatting with another cat person about our
respective pussies and Eudora went nuts! Yet, not even the real Eudora
would have noticed anything wrong, just as I could find what the
problem was with your original post.

I have no idea where "n-word" came from, but I've been using "magic
word," whenever, for some reason, I didn't want to say or write
"nigger," since the 'Sixties.


On 1/24/08, Joel S. Berson <Berson at att.net> wrote:
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> My sincere apologies.  Eudora was warning me about the N-word, which
> I had not noticed in one quotation for "okey-doke".
> Joel
> At 1/24/2008 11:14 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
> >At 1/24/2008 09:27 AM, Amy West wrote:
> >>That sense is new to me, but that ain't saying much. I use
> >>"okey-dokey" for "OK", and get some giggles when I do. I always learn
> >>stuff here.
> >
> >I think I would get giggles if I said "okey-dokey" too.
> >
> >OED on-line (May 2004) has as its two earliest quotations for the
> >"confidence trick" sense:
> >1964 in R. D. Abrahams Deep down in Jungle v. 210 The reason why I
> >took you for the okey-dok [sic], is because you was the sharpest
> >nigger in town.
> >1975 R. HILL O. J. Simpson 13, I put the 'okey-doke' on them.  [Of
> >course we don't know from the OED who the speaker was!]
> >
> >But Eudora seems to be quite on the qui vive for something!  It warns
> >me that this message "is likely to offend the average reader.  You
> >might consider toning it down."  What could it possibly be alerting me about?
> >
> >Joel
> >
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