Mitford Mathews Papers:
Word and Phrase List 

The following list of 881 entries constitutes words and phrases for which lexicologist Mitford Mathews collected information in the form of clippings, letters, essays, published articles, and citations. Many of the entries have more than one example. The number of such multiple entries has been reported in a parenthetical note after each entry.

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[A] [B] [C] [D] [E] [F] [G] [H] [I] [J] [K] [L] [M]
[N] [O] [P] [Q] [R] [S] [T] [U] [V] [W] [X] [Y] [Z]

 
________________________ A ________________________

A as grade
Abalone
ABC (4 items)
Abergeni (2 items)
Abisselfa (3 items)
ACLU "American Civil Liberties Union" (3 items)
Acronym
Activate (2 items)
Addressograph
Adrenalin
Advertised Letter
Aeroplane
Africanisms (2 items)
Age (2 items)
Air Rifle (2 items)
Alabama
Albanian
Albany
Albemarle Pippin (3 items)
Alcoholics Anonymous
Alewife (7 items)
Alewife-Aloofe
Alewife-Blaze
All-America
All-American (8 items)
Allergy
Ally
Amana & Ebenezer Societies
Amen Corner
American Asp
American Language (2 items)
America's Cup (2 items)
Amytal
Ananias Club (2 items)
Anesthesia
Animal Husbandry (2 items)
Annie Oakley (6 items)
Antihistamine
Anting
Appaloosa
Appalucia (2 items)
Appendicitis (3 items)
Applicant
Arch
Argentine Ant (3 items)
Armored Vest
Ash-house
Asimina
Associate Reformed Methodist
Association
At
Atabrine
Atomic Bomb
Automat
Automatic Sprinkler
Automation (6 items)
Automobile


________________________ B ________________________

B.S. degree
   Find in Scientific School
B.V.D.
Baby Grand
Bachelor of Pharmacy (2 items)
Back Trail (2 items)
Back-yard - Back Yard Worker (Austr.)
Baggage Crate (2 items)
Baking Powder
Baku (7 items)
   See also Buntal (Baku, Yedda, Parabuntal, Etc. entry)
Bald Coot
Bald Eagle
Bald-Faced Hornet
Balibuntal (8 items)
Balizu
Ball-Point Pen
Banana Belt
Banana Line ( 3 items)
Banjo (2 items)
Barb Wire
Barbed Wire
Barbie Doll ( 2 items)
Bark, to stick in the
Bayou Salade
Bear Grass
Beaverboard
Bee (5 items)
Beech Seal (3 items)
   see from Birch seal
Beef
Belgian Blocks (2 items)
Belgian Blocks or Belgian Pavement
Belsnickel
Benne
Bicycle Gun
Billy Patterson, Who struck B.P.?
Binder (2 items)
Biocoenosis (2 items)
Biosophy
Birch Seal
   Find in Beech seal
Birth Control
Black Drink
Black Haws (2 items)
Black Widow (5 items)
Blaze
   Find in Alewife
Blind Baggage
Blister Rust
Blizzard (26 items)
Blood Bank
Bloomer Car
Bloviating ( 2 items)
Bluenose
Bluff (6 items)
Blurb (2 items)
Bobcat
Boll Weevil
Boltonite
Bond Paper (3 items)
Bone
Book-stacks
Boom
Boondocks
Boondoggle
Boondoggle or Boandocs
Borax
Borazon
Boschloper (3 items)
Boss
   Find in Amen Corner
Boston Bag (9 items)
Bower to christen the b.
Bozo
Brachiosaurus
Brail
Brass Ankle (2 items)
Breakfast Bacon
Bristlecone Pine
Bromide
   Find in Blurb
Brother Jonathan (2 items)
Buck-dollar (3 items)
Buckhorn Sight (3 items)
Buckra (3 items)
Bull Pen
Bull Rake
Bully
Bummer
Buntal (2 items)
   see also Baku re: Parabuntal
Burley Tobacco
Burnsides
Bush Meeting
Bustle (4 items)
Busybody


________________________ C ________________________

Cable Car (2 items)
Cafeteria
Cala
California Diamond
Camel-Back House
   See also Spite Fence
Cane Beer
Canoe Yoke (2 items)
Canuck (11 items)
Canvas Ham
Cape Cod Cottage
Captive Mine
Car Trust (2 items)
Carajo (3 items)
Carborundum
Card Catalog
Caribou (2 items)
Carrousel
Cat Lady
Catalytic Cracking (6 items)
Catawba Grape
Catlinite
Caucus (9 items)
Cayenne Tern
Cellophane
Central Heating
Centre
Certified Milk (2 items)
Chancer
Charcoal Road (2 items)
Charley Horse (2 items)
Cheechaco
Cherokee
Cherokee Alphabet
Chess Pie (3 items)
Chicken A La King
Chicken Bog
Chiefess (2 items)
Chiefesses
China Tete-a-tete
   Find in Tete-a-tete
Chinaman's Chance (2 items)
Chinese Homer
Chiropodist
Chiropractic
Chowder
Christmas Tree (2 items)
Church Member
Cinemascope, cinerama, etc.
Cinerama
Class Day (2 items)
Clay Pigeon (3 items)
Clear Pork (4 items)
Cliff rose
Climax Basket
Clock Game (2 items)
Coca Cola (16 items)
Cold Feet (2 items)
Cold Feet, to get Cold Feet (3 items)
Cold War (2 items)
Collins Axe
Comforts
Commercial Papers
Commune
Composuist
Comptometer
Conch
Concrete Poetry
Confederate Note
Congressional
Conservation (2 items)
Conservator (2 items)
Coot (2 items)
Copacetic (4 items)
Copperhead
Corn Flour (3 items)
Cornfield Duck (2 items)
Coronary Thrombosis
Cortisone (3 items)
Cosmic Static
Cotton
Cotton Sled
Counterfeit Detector
Country Pay (2 items)
Crab
Crack
Cracker (3 items)
Cracker Jack (2 items)
Craney-Crow
Crash
Crossbrander
Crossword Puzzle (13 items)
Cuffee
Cum Laude
Currier and Ives
Cush
Cuttanimmons/Catenamon (2 items)
Cybernetics (3 items)
Cymbal



________________________ D ________________________

Dago
Daily, account of 1st
Darn
Dead Pan
Dendrochronology
Dennis, his name is D
Dental Floss (7 items)
Depth Sounder
Dermabrasion
Deseret Alphabet (6 items)
Detail (6 items)
Devil's Food (2 items)
Dial Telephone (13 items)
Dictaphone (1 items)
Diddledee (2 items)
Dime Novel
Dingley
Dishrag (3 items)
Dixie (5 items)
Dodg'em (2 items)
Double Indemnity
Double-cross
Dougherty Wagon
Dover Egg-beater (3 items)
Dow Jones Average
Dramamine
Dream Dance, Dreamer
Droodle
Dry Bellyache (2 items)
Dry Land
Duck Sickness
Duck Stamp
Dulcimer (2 items)


________________________ E ________________________

E.O.
Eagle Scout
Ease
Eastward
   See also At
Ebenezer Society
   Find in Amana & Ebenezer Societies
Echo Sounder
Egypt [6 items]
Electric Chair
Elephant and Donkey as Party Symbols
Elevator
Emptins
Endodontics
Endowment Policy (2 items)
Entiles
Escalator
Eskimo Pie (3 items)
Esponshay
Euthenics
Evangelical United Brethen Church
Eye Bank (2 items)


________________________ F ________________________

Faculty Adviser
Faculty Advisor (4 items)
Fade
Fallmaster (2 items)
Father of his Country
Father of the House
Featherbedding
Fedora
Feeneyite (2 items)
Fellow Traveler (2 items)
Fence Viewer (2 items)
Ferris Wheel (2 items)
Fig Newton
Filled Cheese
Film
Fire Money
Five Suit Bridge
Fizzy
Flag Day
Flambean
   Find in Prop
Flatiron Building
Floater
Florigen
Flowervation
Foam Rubber
Fofaraw
Folly-in names (2 items)
Foo-Foo
Footstool
Forb (2 items)
Forward Pass (2 items)
Four Hole Cat (2 items)
Fox Snake
Frankfurter - Hot Dog
Frankland (2 items)
French Telephone (3 items)
Fresno
Frigidaire (5 items)
Frite
Frontier
Fungo


________________________ G ________________________

G-Man
G-String
Gandy Dancer
Garand
Gay Nineties
Gee-goggle
General Term
Ghost City / Town
Ghost Town
Ghost-writer
Gibson Girl (3 items)
Gideon Bible
Gin (3 items)
Girl Scouts
Glue-sniffing
Gobbledygook (3 items)
Gold Blossom
Gold Spike / Golden Spike (3 items)
Goose, sound on (4 items)
Grab Law
Gragoo (3 items)
Graham Flour
Grandecoy / Grand-Ecoy / Grande Ecaille (6 items)
   Find also in Dougherty wagon re: Grandecoy.
Grapevine Cradle (2 items)
Grapheme
Grass Dance
Grass Rope (2 items)
Grasshopper plow (2 items)
Gratification lot
Great Coat (2 items)
Great White Way
Green River Ordinance (2 items)
Green Thumb (7 items)
Gris Gris
Gros Ventre
Ground Hog
Gullah (2 items)
Gumbo
Gunger bread
Gunja
Gut-fat (3 items)


________________________ H ________________________

Hagdel
Hair Finned Dory
Hair Spinner
Halitosis
Ham [actor] - Ham Fat [song] (2 items)
Hardboard (2 items)
Harlan's Buzzard Hawk
Harmonica
Hassle (3 items)
Hawkeye (2 items)
Hawnyawk
Header (2 items)
Hell's Half Acre
Henryite
Heparin
Here We Rest
Hessian Fly
Hickory Horned Devil
Highmuckamuck
   See also pamphlets (not found)
Hijack
Hired (2 items)
Hired Hand
Hired Man (2 items)
Hog On Ice (4 items)
Hollow Log
   Find in Horse Apple
Holography
Homeostasis (2 items)
Hominy
   See also Uncola
Honest Abe Lincoln (9 items)
Honyoker
   Find in Appalucia
Hoodlum (5 items)
Hoodoo (5 items)
Hoodoo Bar (4 items)
Hoople
Hoosier (7 items)
   See also pamphlets (not found)
Hootenanny (2 items)
Horse Apple (3 items)
Horse Bill (2 items)
Horse Guard
Horses, no time to swap horses, etc. (2 items)
Hot Dog
Hot Rod
House of David
Hub (see reference only)
Hubam Clover (8 items)
Huddle, in football
Humiture (6 items)
Hundredweight (2 items)
Hurrah-bush
   Find in Titi
Hybrid Wheat
Hydrant
Hydroponics
Hypersonic


________________________ I ________________________

Ice Cream (4 items)
Ice Cream Cone (3 items)
Ice Cream Cone, inventor of
Idaho
   See Pamphlets (not found)
Indemnity Lands
Indian Corn
Indian Corporation
Indian Summer (2 items)
Inner Mission (2 items)
Insectocution (2 items)
Inviter (3 items)
IQ
Iron Curtain
Iron Lock Office (2 items)
Iron Lung
Issuance, Date of
Italian Sandwich
Ivory Tower (2 items)


________________________ J ________________________

Jackpot
Jar Raisin
Jazz
Jazz Age
Jeep
Jefferson's Manual
Jehovah's Witnesses
Jerks (2 items)
Jim Crow
Jimson Weed
Jingler, i.e., golden eye
Jo-Mo
Johnkannaus
Johnny Cake (3 items)
Jolly Cake (2 items)
Jonathan Apple
Joyce Junior
Juke Box (3 items)
June Bug
Junk (2 items)


________________________ K ________________________
Kachina Doll
Kanaka
Kangaroot Court
Katydid (word only)
Kentucky Jeans
Kerbim
Kibosh
Kicking Match
Kiwanis
Klamath Weed
Klaxon (5 items)
Kodak
Kolfbaan
Kudzu


________________________ L ________________________

Land Grant
   See Pamphlets (not found)
Launching Pad
Lengthy (2 items)
Levi (3 items)
Levittown
Liberty Ship
Listerine
Location
Locomotive
Locust
Loop, Chicago (2 items)
Lumber
Lynch Law (9 items)


________________________ M ________________________

Mace
Malted Milk (2 items)
Man of Distinction (2 items)
Managing Editor
March of Dimes (6 items)
Marlborough Pie (3 items)
Mason Jar
Massachusetts Claims (2 items)
Matlay
Maverick
Mawmouth
May-apple
Mazama
Mazda (3 items)
McCoy, the real McCoy (3 items)
Medicare
Melungeon (2 items)
Menominee Indians
Metered Mail
Michigander (4 items)
Microencapsulation
Mileage Ticket (2 items)
Military Tract District
Milk and Cider Steer
Milk Cracker
Milk Sickness (3 items)
Mint Julep
Miss America
Mogul
Monkey Wrench (2 items)
Monopoly, the game
Mormon Fly
Moses Boat
Mosquito Hawk
Motel
Mother's Day (2 items)
Motorcade (3 items)
Motown
Mountain Hoosier
Mountain Sheep
Mouse Trap, if a man, etc.
Mud, his name is (2 items)
Mugg(s)
Murphy Bed
Murphy's Law


________________________ N ________________________

Napalm (2 items)
Navy Pistol, revolver, six shooter
Neoprene (2 items)
Nevada
New Deal (2 items)
Niagara Limestone
Nike
No Comment
None-So-Pretties (2 items)
Nude Drama
Nylon


________________________ O ________________________

O.K. (34 items)
   See from OK and Okay, spelling variants
Obeah
Old Crow (4 items)
Old Horse Sale (2 items)
Oleomargarine
Ombudsman (6 items)
One-er-scrub (2 items)
   See also Four Hole Cat
Opera House
Opticianry (3 items)
Oregon (2 items)
Orphan's Court (2 items)
Oscar (3 items)
Osceola
   Find in Pamphlets (not found)
Osmics (3 items)
Otard (3 items)
Otter Trawl
Outfit Car
Outing


________________________ P ________________________

Pachisi (2 items)
   See also Parcheesi
Pachuco
Package Ticket (2 items)
Package Ticket?/trip ticket?
Palatine
Parcheesi
   See also Pachisi
Parity
Parlor Organ
Particle Board
Pascal Celery
Pass on, i.e., to die (2 items)
Patent Flour
Paulist (Paulist Fathers)
Pavilion
Pawn Party
Peace Dollar (2 items)
Peach Melba
Penny Royal
Pepsi-Cola
Perique
Persimmon Beer
Peter, Peter
Peter, Peter (pumpkin eater) (2 items)
Peyote (2 items)
Peyotism
   See Pamphlets (not found)
Ph.D. (3 items)
Phi Beta Kappa
Philadelphia Lawyer
Philopena (2 items)
Phonograph
Photoflash Lamp Flash Bulb (3 items)
Photostat (5 items)
Phrenology
Picaroon
Pichucuate (2 items)
   See also American Asp
Pickaninny
Pie
Pigeon Drop (2 items)
Piggly Wiggly
Piggy Bank (2 items)
PIN
Pine Rock (3 items)
Ping Pong
Pinochle
Pipeline
Pittsburgh Plus (2 items)
Pizza Pie
Plaquemines
Platform
Platform Dance
Pleasure Car
Plow Car
Plurisyllable (2 items)
Pocosin (3 items)
Pod
Podiatrist
   Find in Chiropodist in letter files
Pogonip (3 items)
Poker
Polka dot
Pony Express
Pony Report
Poor Joe
Poromeric
Post Note (2 items)
Post Office
Postage Currency (3 items)
Postage meter (2 items)
   See also Letter files in Metered mail
Potato Chip (8 items)
Practical Nurse
Pragmaticism
Prairie (2 items)
Prepostage
Prock
Proclamation Money
Profile
Pronghorn
Prop (3 items)
Proprietor
Pulaski (4 items)
Pullman
Pulmotor (3 items)
Pumpernickel
Punger ground
Pungy (2 items)
Puppy
Purolator
Pyrex (4 items)


________________________ Q ________________________

Quaco
Quashee
Quill


________________________ R ________________________

Rack Car (2 items)
Radiant Heating (3 items)
Radio
Radiocarbon dating
Radiosonde (contains information on dropsonde also)
Rafter Room
Ragged Edge
Rail fence
   See Pamphlets (not found)
Ramp
Rapid Transit
Rating
Rations, how pronounced
Rattleran
Rattlesnake Colonel
Rattlesnake Flag
Razzberry
Rebel Yell (3 items)
Red bone Negro
Red flamiel hash
Referendum dollar
Reliable
   Find in Telegram
Republicans (2 items)
Rifle
Road map (2 items)
Rocking chair
Rode, in maritime term (4 items)
Rolamite
Roomette
Rotary, i.e., the business group(2 items)
Rube Goldberg, obituary
Rules, Rule Day
Rum
Rum row
Run, Sheep, Run


________________________ S ________________________

Saccharine, incl. Saccharin (3 items)
Sage of Monticello
Sagebrush Process
Sailcar
Sail carriage (2 items)
Salem rocker
Sambo (2 items)
Sand painting (2 items)
Sanforized (6 items)
Santa Claus (4 items)
Savings Bank
Sawset, cattle mark
Sawyer car
Scientific School
Scat
   Find in Dishrag
Scientific school
Scotch tape
Scrod
Scuppernong
Seapoose
Seed
Seeing Eye (2 items)
Senita, borrowing from Spanish
Sequoia (2 items)
Service Car (2 items)
Settler's Elm (2 items)
Seven Building
Seven-pence
Shake
Shakedown Cruise
Shaker (2 items)
Shalabee
Shanghai
Shanty (2 items)
Shaped note
Shavetail (2 items)
Sheep-nosed Snake
Shitepoke (2 items)
Shoofly Pie
Shuck Doll
Sibley tent
Sickle-cell
Skate
Skiddoo
Skyscraper
Skykomish
Sleuth
Smokey the Bear (10 items)
Snake Dance
Snollygoster
Snow Course
Snow Snake
Soap Opera
Soda card
Sone
Sonic depth finder
Sorosis
Soup to Nuts
South Paw
Spanish Curlew
Spanish Needle Grass
Spastic (2 items)
Speckled snake
Spectrotherm
Spelling Bee (4 items)
Spinal Meningitis
Spit ball
Spit curl (2 items)
Spite fence
Spittoon
Spitzenburg
Split-level, ref. to a house
   See also Camel-back House
Sprinkler System
Squadrol (3 items)
Squatter sovereignty
St. Nicholas
   Find in Dishrag
Stakes, to Pull Up] (2 items)
Stand cask
Standard Dollar (4 items)
Standard Time
Stateroom
Steel Band (2 items)
Steel tape (2 items)
Stillson Wrench (3 items)
Stoughton Bottle (13 items)
Stoughton's Bitters
   see also Stoughton's Elixir
Stoughton's Elixir
   see also Stoughton's Bitters
Strangites
Straw (2 items)
Streptomycin
Studebaker Wagon
Sugar Bowl
Surgeon Dentist
Sweet Corn
Sweet Hickory (2 items)
Sweet Potato
Swell (2 items)
Swivel Chair


________________________ T ________________________

Tall Oil
Talma
Tammany
Taps
Taxicab
Teazle Bur
Technicolor (2 items)
Technology
Teddy bear
Teflon
Telephone
   See Pamphlets (not found)
Temple (2 items)
Tete-a-tete [Chinese or China]
Texas Leaguer
Thanksgiving
Therblig (5 items)
Thismia Americanus
Thumb Paper
Tickle mouth
Tier
Tiff
Tin can
Tithingman (4 items)
Titi (4 items)
Toad Strangler (2 items)
Tonic
Torch Singer
Tossomanony
Touch Typing
Tractor
Traffic Lights (2 items)
Trampoose (3 items)
Transistor
Travelog
Treasury Note
Truncheon Snake
Tularemia (2 items)
Tuna
Turkey, in ref. to usage in theater (2 items)
Turnpike Emptins
Tuxedo
Twiffler (7 items)
Two-pants Suit (2 items)
Tycoon
Typewriter (5 items)
Typewriter Keyboard


________________________ U ________________________

Uncle Sam (4 items)
Uncola
Underground Railroad
Union Church (3 items)
Union Suit
Ute [Indians]


________________________ V ________________________

Vacuum Cleaner
Vamose, or vamoose
Vaseline (2 items)
Vendue
Venus Flytrap
Vici Kid
Victrola (3 items)
Vulture


________________________ W ________________________

War of 1812 (2 items)
Ward's Willow
Washington's Birthday
Water Bed
Water Finder
Water Wagon, to Be on the
Waterbury
Wet Order
Wheel (4 items)
Whitehead, run like a (3 items)
Whole Wheat flour, or Graham Flour
   See Pamphlets (not found)
Wicket
Wild Rice
Windshield
Wisconsin (2 items)
Witcher (2 items)
Wolverine
   Find in Michigander
Woodbine, as in Gone Where the Woodbine Twineth (2 items)
work-boss
World, as in to Make the World Safe


________________________ Y ________________________

Yam
Yankee
Yellow Moccasin
Yo-yo (6 items)
   See also Pamphlets (not found)


________________________ Z ________________________

Ziegfeld Follies
Zipper (2 items)
Zoot Suit


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