In Reply to: Baughm Steer posted by Paul Wright on January 05, 2009 at 08:30:
: In the Book " The Maltese Falcon" by Dashiell Hammett the statement is made by Sam Spade - "Would I give you a Baughm Steer?" I am wondering were this spelling comes from bum steer?
One reference links bum steer (false report, 1903) to bummer, the German Bummler, loafer from bummeln, to waste time or loaf. "I Hear America Talking" by Stuart Berg Flexner (Von Nostrand Reinhold Co., New York, 1976). Page 165. Was Mr. Hammett making a pun and what was it in reference to?