The Press: Vaunts & Vicious

Among Manhattan sports editors, the Hearstian Mirror's mustached Dan Parker is the heftiest (260 Ibs.), the most cynical about fight promoters (he keeps needling their racket), and on good days, the poor man's Eustace Tilley.* Dan Parker had some fun with the Bronx tongue in his Dialectician's Dictionary. Samples:

"Aplomb—from these, they're making already prunes.

Mantle—just the opposite of fiscal. Something to do with the mind.

Vaunt—to desire something.

Vicious—things we hope would come true.

Villain—ready to do what you ask.

Leak—a lot of baseball clubs. What Brooklyn's still in.

Ratchet—feeling simply terrible.

Vortex—what we're still paying on account of Hitler.

Risen—the cause. "What's the risen I'm not plizzen you?"


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