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Sunday, December 23, 2007

To would-be Christmas punsters:

Yes, we get it. Santa says "Ho, ho, ho."

Sounds like the now rather old slang alteration of "whore," the etymology of which Merriam-Webster traces back to the early years of the Johnson administration.

And I thought that this was kind of funny, when I first heard it. After all, I was twelve years old.

But now, almost a quarter century later... not so much. Dunno if it lost its luster from the overtelling over time, or if, like so many things that twelve-year-olds find funny, it never was funny in the first place.

Tell you what: let's just put it on the back burner for a decade or two, and see if it's still funny later. Then you can whistle appreciatively and hiss "Classic!"

And won't that be fun?

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3 Comments:

At Monday, December 24, 2007 1:19:00 PM, Blogger Roberta X said...

I believe a Mr. Cab Calloway first put the term on record when he sang "Hidey-hidey-hidey ho" considerably prior to Mr. Johnson's ascendacy to the office of Chief Executive.

--Unless you'd prefer to continue thinking the lyrics were "nonsense words," as the Johnsons of this world were so straight-facedly assured?

"...Merriam-Webster..." Amateurs!

 
At Monday, December 24, 2007 1:53:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

Well, I have neither the first (1938) or second (1943) editions to Mr. Calloway's "Hepster's Guide", but I'm pretty sure he didn't define "Ho" as such, and I think he would've.

Hell, the song's about illicit drug use, anyway, why not take whole-hawg ownership?

 
At Tuesday, December 25, 2007 9:24:00 AM, Blogger Farmgirl said...

The funniest instance of that pun since I was a kid, for me, has been R.K. Milholland's merchandise from last Christmas.

It was a good enough spin that it made me giggle.

 

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