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Volume 1, A-G, J.E.Lighter Editor

Volume 1, A-G, J.E.Lighter Editor

calabash–the head. 1821-1856. Obviously, this is from early in the Victorian period and seemed to peter out somewhere in the late 1850’s. The last reference was from 1856 in the Dictionary of American English.

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2 Comments

  1. Didn’t Jimmy Durante sign off with, “Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.” ?

  2. […] calabash, this was used for head.  From 1832 on.  It seems to have originated in England, and based on the […]

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