Long before Elijah McCoy invented the lubricating device which gave us the expression the real McCoy, long before Kilroy was here, names crept into common speech and formed an interesting aspect of slang. How many of the following catch phrases, all containing names, can you explain? What do people mean when they say these?
Ashley, Leonard R. N.
"The People in Slanguage,"
Word Ways: Vol. 28
, Article 16.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol28/iss2/16