Date: Fri, 19 Jun 1998 07:47:25 EDT
From: "Barry A. Popik"
Subject: Hello; Skel


This is from the KNICKERBOCKER magazine, September 1846, pg. 262:

"Who's this?--the devil!--hell-o!--what does this mean!" shouted the

Ah! So perhaps the devil makes us do it, after all. The August 1846
issue, pg. 185, has the more familiar "Hallo! stranger!"


I recall seeing "skel" in one of the Harlem song lyrics of the 1930s, but
I don't remember if I made a note of it or copied it down, and I can't find it
just now.