Saturday, January 19, 2008


Jabbernowl or Jobbernowl

Dear Mike,

W.C. Fields used "jabbernowl" in The Bank Dick.

"Don't be a luddy-duddy! Don't be a mooncalf! Don't be a jabbernowl! You're not one of those, are you?"

He's speaking to his future son-in-law Og Oggilby, played by Grady Sutton. When Fields hears Og's name for the first time he says, "Sounds like a bubble in a bathtub."


I can imagine only one possible source for a bubble in the bathtub that sounds like "Og Oggilby."

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