[Ads-l] _shlong_ and the collective etymological unconscious

Baker, John JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM
Thu Dec 29 15:03:52 EST 2016


I think it's just a reference to the bluster of the Pennsylvania Dutch, who are the subject of the account.  Possibly influenced by the racehorse Dutch Bluster, who was active from 1894 to 1899, although it's not clear the horse would still have been remembered in 1946, when the story was written.


John Baker


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On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 11:17 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> "Dutch bluster"


Related to/of the same class as "Dutch courage"?


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