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Lighter Origins: John Kanaka (50) RE: Origins: John Kanaka 17 Jul 20

I concur.

As for "John Kanaka," Hugill may have thought the tune (and certainly the Kanakanaka business) sounded Hawaiian or Polynesian.

As mentioned above, the "Tu-lye-ee [or 'ay']" doesn't sound quite natural in English.

Thus the pop change to "Tu-rye...." (Like "Toora loora loora.")

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