Just a few bits of George Herriman’s unique brand of linguistic revelry from Krazy & Ignatz 1939-1940: “A Brick Stuffed with Moom-bins”; all these are taken from the strip of January 15, 1939:

[Ignatz:] I’m sure in delight that I’m not a “door mouse” — fancy the irkishness of packing a “door” around.
[Offissa Pupp:] Whistling, evil is awing. [I.e., “a-wing,” on the wing —LH]
[Ignatz’s wife, making a rare appearance:] A door — a door of all things — me and the children hungry and ragged, and you buying a door — y-y-you pilgarlic!


  1. nafahthi says

    I’m glad I’ve met “pilgarlic”.
    Wordnik says that Webster’s 1913 defines it as
    “One who has lost his hair by disease; a sneaking fellow, or one who is hardly used.”

  2. lost his hair by disease
    As Grose added, “chiefly the venereal one.” The pil- is some combination of peel[ed] / pill[ed]. It’s pilled garlick in Johnson’s 4th ed. See the discussion in an early Notes & Queries.

  3. From MMcM’s “discussion” link: “The spelling, concerning which your querist desires information, is, however, the least important point.”

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