comic 1860s pronunciation?

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jan 19 16:26:10 UTC 2010

Wonderful indeed. Our living room is enlivened by the wire-limbed likeness
of Ignatz sitting above Krazy Kat, who is oblivious to the brick about to be
tossed at his head.

But "Offisa Pup" is just a spelling pronunciation, without the metathesis of
"oSSiFer" and "aMiNal".

m a m

On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 10:44 PM, Arnold Zwicky <zwicky at> wrote:

> On Jan 18, 2010, at 7:24 PM, Victor Steinbok wrote:
> > ... I was under impression that "ossifer"
> > and similar expressions were quite common in jokes in the 1970s and
> > 80s.
> and back to the to early 1900s, with George Herriman's wonderful Krazy
> Kat comics, in which Offisa Pup played a central role.

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