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Bob the Postman Lyr Req: Old Zip Coon (50) RE: Lyr Req: Old Zip Coon 06 Oct 11

Somewhere or other I picked up the notion that "Zip Coon" was a humourous mispronunciation of the name "Scipio Africanus". It was not uncommon for slaves to be given pretentious classical names as a kind of ironic joke--"Pompey" for example. And the misunderstanding of high-falutin language was a standard minstrel show gag.

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