Wednesday, April 10, 2013


"Why do they call it jaywalking?" the OG wanted to know this morning, as a jogger zipped by in front of us on the way to school. For once, Big D was silent.

Turns out that jay is late 19th century slang for naive country folk, unfamiliar with normative behavior in the urban environment. Take this quotation from a George M. Cohan play:
If you want to see the real jay delegation, The place where the real rubens dwell, just hop on a train at the Grand Central Station, Get Off when they shout, 'New Rochelle!' Oh, what a fine bunch of rubens! Oh, what a jay atmosphere! They have whiskers like hay, and imagine Broadway, Only forty-five minutes from here."

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