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gregoryagogo
post Dec 2 2009, 04:02 AM
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Wikipedia says that "Bozo the Clown" is from the early '50s, and yet I keep hearing "Bozo" as slang pre '50s! The latest was in Laughland's Tom & Jerry "Pots & Pans" post.

Can anyone shed some light on the history of the phrase "Bozo?!!"

If it didn't come from "Bozo The Clown" then where did it come from?! Perhaps Bozo came from the slang word meaning idiot?!!!

Anyone?!!


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post Dec 3 2009, 12:44 AM
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There doesn't seem to be a clear consensus were the origin began, so start with this site first. This site offers several interesting theories.

http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-boz1.htm


Here are more dictionary sources to investigate, if you wish.

http://www.onelook.com/?w=bozo&ls=a

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post Dec 3 2009, 03:14 AM
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Awesome... that first link just about covers all the territory!!! I always thought it was connected to the clown, until my recent experiences where it was used before the clown!!!

Words are amazing---

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