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Bogey eyes

Posted by Tom Anderson on January 04, 2010 at 22:20

In Reply to: Bogey eyes posted by Baceseras on January 02, 2010 at 20:07:

I did some hunting around and it looks like the term is "boneyize".

There's a note on Bill Casselman's website (citing to the New Partridge Dictionary) and says that it's from the westcoast of Canada, current in the 1940's, meaning "first dibs" or to covet, and speculates (without any apparent evidence) that it might derive from a playful nickname for Bonaparte, who claimed first dibs on most of Europe.

Doesn't sound very reasonable to me and I would certainly love to know the true origin. I always thought it had something to do with pirates (cross bones). But that doesn't really fit, either.