antedating (?) "ass bandit"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 25 02:13:22 UTC 2014

On Sat, May 24, 2014 at 8:17 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

> Note: HDAS was the  first work of historical lexicography to have cited
> aircraft "nose art" from historical photographs.

Go 'head, Jon!

But how do we know what "ass bandit" meant, During The War? I had to look
it up in HDAS to see what it meant in 1954, the year that I graduated from
high school, supposedly booted to the hip and hip to the haps.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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