Hypothetical etymon of "diddybopping" PLUS N-word lore

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Apr 4 16:39:50 UTC 2013

At 4/4/2013 05:05 AM, Margaret Lee wrote:
>"Diddybopping" sounds like what we call 'swagger' today.

Or what in the late 18th century we would call "sauntering", in
Philadelphia.  See here, 29 May 2010, Subject = "On "sauntering"
blacks"; or Gary B. Nash's _Forging Freedom: The Formation of
Philadelphia's Black Community, 1720--1840_ (1988), p. 219.  I don't
know what word actually was used then, but "saunter" would be available.


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