1. Jackie_Newhouse says:

    The discussion of the word “boo” brought to mind “Slippin’ and a Slidin”, a song that was popular in the 1950s.

    All of the recordings of this song that I have listened to include the phrase “ain’t gonna be your fool no more.” However, in the version recorded by Little Richard in 1956, the second iteration of this phrase sounds (at least to me) as if the word “fool” has been replaced by “boo.”

    When I first heard this song (during the “oldies revival” of the 1970s), I assumed that “boo” was derived from the word “beau.” This bit of amateur etymology is in keeping with the more recent explanation provided by the Urban Dictionary.

  2. Jackie_Newhouse says:

    Your recent discussion of the origins of the word “boo” brought to mind a song popular in the 1950s called “Slippin’ and a Slidin.”

    All of the recordings of this song that I have listened to include the phrase “ain’t gonna be your fool no more.” However, in the version recorded by Little Richard in 1956, the second iteration of this phrase sounds (at least to me) as if the word “fool” has been replaced by “boo.”

    When I first heard this song, during the “oldies revival” of the 1970s, I assumed that “boo” was derived from the word “beau.” This bit of amateur etymology is in keeping with the one provided by the Urban Dictionary, which also connects “boo” to “beau.”

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