[Ads-l] Boogaloo

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Tue Jun 2 17:02:08 UTC 2020

> On Jun 2, 2020, at 9:04 AM, ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> The phrase "Civil War II - Electric Boogaloo" appeared in a Usenet
> message in October 1994. The phrase referred to the possibility of a
> second U.S. Civil War. Read the message to see the context. It looks
> like the person who used it was "MA Hovi".
> Usenet distributed message system
> Newsgroups: alt.tv.melrose-place
> From: ig... at ellis.uchicago.edu (Sleepy)
> Date: Thu, 27 Oct 1994 06:03:47 GMT ...

I'm no longer able to keep up with exchanges on ADS-L, so this is no dount something already posted about (possibly by Ben Zimmer), but "Electric Boogaloo" started as te name of a funk-oriented dance style, celebrated in 1the 1984 movie Breakin' 2: Electric Bougaloo, featuring the celebratory "Electric Boogaloo" pop song by duo Ollie & Jerry. The history of the term after that is extraordinarily complex. And I trust someone has looked into where "boogaloo" came from.

But this is probably all old stuff. I'm posting this just in case it isn't already in the ADS-L record. This would probably be a good time for me to go silent on ADS-L, in any case.


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