[Ads-l] antedating jake (UNCLASSIFIED)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jul 6 23:48:20 UTC 2016

"To pass this test without rendering jake unpalatable, some bootleggers
added castor oil."

"Castor oil"?! Have the writer never tasted castor oil? The mere odor of it
is enough to gag a maggot!

A Texas bluesman on this topic:

Leave Jike [read: "Jake"] Mary Alone
Lightning Hopkins

See also:

The Jake Leg Infamy, pts.1-4

On Wed, Jul 6, 2016 at 5:38 PM, Mullins, Bill CIV (US) <
william.d.mullins18.civ at mail.mil> wrote:

> OED has 1926 for "jake" n2 "An alcoholic beverage made from Jamaica
> ginger."
> _Junction City [KS] Weekly Union_ 12 Sep 1912 p 1 col 4 [newspapers.com]
> "Another thing that the officials are going to stop is the making of a
> near-jamaica ginger.  They say that some of this "jake" is made here by
> adding a small per cent of essence of ginger to alcohol, and that this is
> in violation of the state law, as well as the United States revenue law."
> _Muskogee [OK] Times-Democrat_ 5 Sep 1919 p 9 col 3 [newspapers.com]
> "Among the four men tried this morning, each of whom was fined $5, J. N.
> Watson admitted that he had been drinking "jake," but said that he had got
> it at Penscacola, Okla., and had forgotten to take it out of his bag when
> he came to Muskogee."
> I went looking for jake cites after reading this fascinating article,
> about how blues and hillbilly singers recorded songs about jake paralysis
> during an epidemic of it.
> http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/songs-of-prohibitions-poison/
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