Date: Wed, 18 Sep 1996 22:00:35 -0400

From: "Margaret G. Lee -English" mlee[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CS.HAMPTONU.EDU

Subject: Re: BOGUS (movie title); other stuff (LAME DUCK, CORNERED, MARTINI,


According to Lorenzo Dow Turner, a black linguist who studied African

languages, bogus comes from the West African Hausa word _boko_ meaning

deceit or fake. See his _Africanisms in the Gullah Dialect (1949).

Margaret Lee

Hampton University, VA