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Robert Sale-Hill’s poem, The True Origin and History of “The Dude” (The New York World, January 14, 1883) introduced the world to the word Dude, and kicked off a full-on Dude craze. A-Dude-a-Day[i] Blog is dedicated to preserving and sharing pics, pieces and poems from the early days of the Dude-craze of 1883. You can read more about the history and origin of the word Dude on my blogpost, "Dudes, Dodos and Fopdoodles" on my other blog, Early Sports 'n' Pop-Culture History Blog.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Dude #25 - Phil-a-lu II

The dude, the dude,
Belongs to a brood
  Of birds like the phil-a-lu;
He struts the street,
With picket-toes feet,
  And slings a cheap bamboo.

The dude, the dude,
Is always rude
  With his idiotic star;
He poses for the girls,
With his bangs and curls,
  Trying to “mash” everywhere.

The dude, the dude,
With manners crude
  And cheek of the rarest kind,
Essays to talk
Where angels balk
  And inflict his silly mind.

The dude, the dude
Is not indued
  With the fact that he’s an ass;
Every one knows
Him by his clothes
  As on the street he’s seen to pass.

Evening Critic (Washington DC), April 26, 1883, page2.

 Is this a Philalu?

‘Philalu!’ cried the beast, ‘and chone! Philalu!
Saint Patrick, my darling, don’t look so blue.

London Society, Volume 24, September, 1873, page 251.

Philalu also appears in another Irish poem:

Ochone an’ ullagone ! we must vainly sigh an’ groan’’
  Philalu! A long adieu to Clifford Lloyd!

Caoine of the Clare Constabulary, from Arthur M. Forrester, An Irish Crazy-Quilt, Boston, 1891, page 77.

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