[Ads-l] Lewis Porter on the origins of "jazz"

Mark Mandel mark.a.mandel at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 8 07:57:21 UTC 2019

That definition sounds the same as the Philadelphianism "jawn".
Mark Mandel

On Thu, Mar 7, 2019 at 4:43 PM Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:

> *...*

> And the word "jazz" started appearing in print outside of California a few
> months after Slattery and Gleeson started using the word.  For example, the
> Daily Republican (Rushville, Indiana), June 7, 1913, page 4 noted that,
> "Now, out in San Francico, the most popular word is 'the old jazz.'  *It
> means anything you may happen to want it to.*"

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