[Ads-l] kayfabe in today's NY Times

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Tue Feb 28 12:23:35 UTC 2023

Maybe, okay:
kayfabe from
kay fabe from
Kay Fabe from
Kay Fabian from
Ray Fabiani (1890-1973), a promoter (and, based on a photo, a former wrestler),
a boss who insisted that the actors keep in the role as a rule.
A concert violinist before and opera manager afterwards,
he publicly objected to having known athletes from other sports being guest performers,
to keep pro wrestling purely its own act.

Kid Goranson

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Subject: Re: kayfabe in today's NY Times

Two of Garson's "Boris K. Fabian" cites below can be slightly antedated

1958 Lewiston [ME] Evening Journal 17 Oct. 18/3
Wrestling (4:45) -- Participants include The Masked Marvel, Emile Dupre, Boris K. Fabian

1960 Daily Kennebec [ME] Journal 27 Jun 2/4
Main Event -- Chief Don Eagle vs. Boris "Kay" Fabian

And I'll repost here from the same thread what I think is the earliest use of "kayfabe" noted so far:

1971 _Chicago Tribune_ 4 May sec 3 p 3 col 4
has a letter to the editor of the sports section about wrestling, signed
"Mark Kayfabe".

> Geoffrey Nathan initiated an entertaining thread about "kayfabe" back
> in January 2021.
> https://urldefense.com/v3/__https://listserv.linguistlist.org/pipermail/ads-l/2021-January/158765.html__;!!OToaGQ!rHInZ8CohWUziCPHukqOUhQGC2G7N21yCwVPr94-jpJ_7yba5EoYG7Y4zGqyk4130GNs3P4RLMAfrf3guMU$
> I did post a message within this thread about names in wrestling (as
> alluded to by sg) which included:
> 1958 Nov 18: Boris K. Fabian
>1959 Feb 17: Boris Kafabian
> 1960 Sep 04: Boris Kay Fabian

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