antedating of 'ho' -- from an unexpected speaker, too

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Thu Jan 1 00:40:19 UTC 2009

Yesterday, I saw "homaid," a misspelling on the supermarket price tag
at Longs for Home Maid.

Aloha from Maui

On Dec 31, 2008, at 2:06 PM, Doug Harris wrote:

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> Poster:       Doug Harris <cats22 at STNY.RR.COM>
> Subject:      Re: antedating of 'ho' -- from an unexpected speaker,
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> I just stumbled upon an interesting quote in Earl Wilson's
> Unauthorized Biography of Frank Sinatra:
> The quote, from the Nov 17-23, 1973 TV Guide, runs to
> several paragraphs, in which Sinatra talked about why he'd
> retired and why he was retiring from retiring. But note this
> reference to the the press of the day, with whom he seldom
> got along:
> "I'm blunt and honest. I could easily call them pimps and ho's."
> In parentheses, Wilson added: "He presumably meant whores."
> dh

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