[Ads-l] Antedating of Jamboree

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 15 15:23:58 UTC 2019

The author of a book about euchre used "jamboree" in 1862 while
expressing uncertainty about its etymology and connected the term to
the domain of music.

Year: 1862 Copyright
Title: The Law and Practice of the Game of Euchre
Author: A Professor (Charles Henry Wharton Meehan)
Quote Page 74
Published: T. B. Peterson & Brothers, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Database: Google Books Full View


[Begin excerpt – check for errors]
Jamboree is another musical sound of unknown etymological deduction,
rarely announced, however—"breathe not his name"—and signifies the
combination of the five highest cards, namely, the two Bowers, Ace,
King, and Queen of trumps, in one hand, which bestows on the
player—fortuna juvante—who holds this galaxy of cards, the pleasing
privilege of counting sixteen points. It requires but little to be
said of this rare constellation of the "painted tablets," for a player
will not have dealt to him the Jamboree more than two or three times
in the course of a quarter of a century's addiction to the game.
[End excerpt]

On Fri, Mar 15, 2019 at 5:21 AM Stephen Goranson <goranson at duke.edu> wrote:
> These finds suggested another spelling, jamberee, which turns up from at least 16 June 1858, NY Times: p. 5 col. 3:
> ....there was to be a little "jamberee"....
> ...."Jamberee" means a fight or drunk.
> SG
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> Google Books has a different 1853 song book which uses the variant
> spelling "Jamberine".
> Buckley's Ethiopian Melodies (1853)
> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__books.google.com_books-3Fid-3DODVYAAAAcAAJ-26q-3DJamberine-23v-3Dsnippet-26q-3DJamberine-26f-3Dfalse&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=uUVa-8oDL2EzfbuMuowoUadHHcJ7pjul6iFkS5Pd--8&m=vrqPgL_BFpSQyWjnZysej8Kv1aJZqtdKj3dD73eexy8&s=MLOeeImjPw7PofrvHTrWG-i1L7Dbpf9axGdelSZH49I&e=
> [Begin excerpt - check for OCR errors]
> Hoop Jamberine
> Written for Buckley's Serenaders, by D. Emmit.
> I WENT down to New Orleans,
> I think myself a man,
> De first place I found myself
> Was on board de Talleyrand.
> Hoop Jamberine, Hoop Jamberine,
> Vinegar shoes and paper stockings,
> Get up ole boss.
> [End excerpt]<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.americandialect.org&d=DwIFaQ&c=imBPVzF25OnBgGmVOlcsiEgHoG1i6YHLR0Sj_gZ4adc&r=uUVa-8oDL2EzfbuMuowoUadHHcJ7pjul6iFkS5Pd--8&m=vrqPgL_BFpSQyWjnZysej8Kv1aJZqtdKj3dD73eexy8&s=-75f5YzFESERTfOVA7bkRDl4MwAC2uG_BFk5JHVdFaE&e=>
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