"coony" adj. = sly, cunning, 1910

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Feb 4 01:21:00 UTC 2010

Alison, apology accepted.  But as to bald like a raccoon, I have that
on the best authority -- the OED's definition of "coony a.", under
"coon, n."  ... Oops, perhaps they're wrong -- they've spelt it "racoon"!  :-)


At 2/3/2010 07:02 PM, Alison Murie wrote:
>>' "bald" like a raccoon??'  Coons ain't bald.  Far from it.  'Possums
>>look bald, but aren't.   Perhaps the meaning of "coony" is really
>>cunning, which would be more appropriate altogether.
>Ooops.  Somehow I missed para 2 in Joel's post.  I'm sorting through a
>mountain of backlogged mail.  I was away from my desk for ten days
>getting a bad hip replaced & being whipped into a semblance of normal
>functioning by a crew of therapists.  Medicare is wonderful.  (Only it
>didn't get me to read my mail more carefully.)

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