[Ads-l] early U.S. "guy"

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Dec 15 19:54:30 EST 2016

'A (usu. old) foolish or eccentric person.'

1861, in Morgan Wolfe Merrick _From Desert to Bayou_ (El Paso: Texas
Western Press, 1991) 17: The old chief Espejo came in with the crowd. One
often hears said [sic] that the Indians love fire water (Whisky), well this
old chief loves it. The sutler gave him a large tumbler full of pretty bad
whisky, and the old guy put it to his lips & never took it down until he
drained it.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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