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Ellen Kotzin
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Where did this word originate from? And are there male bimbos?

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Check this out.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bimbo

Best,

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Hey thanks tim,

No I know why Los Angeles always have trucks driving around featuring pictures of baked goods on the outside, and the word "bimbo" proudly displayed on all sides.
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Ellen,

As a young cowboy I left home with two horses. One was Firewater who was whisky colored gelding off of an Indian reservation and he was totally reliable although he was not even caught until he was four years old. We used to claim that he was so fast that he could catch a train that left yesterday.

The other was a bay filly named Bimbo that would bite you if you didn't watch her. She was also a good resource for space exploration. We did go skydiving quite frequently with little or no prior notice. I found a proud new owner for Bimbo and never heard from either again.

She was named from an old Hank Williams song (Bimbo) and came from Montgomery, Alabama. That is where Hank Williams lived and is burried. I think the song still belongs to MGM. Accuff-Rose in Nashville might have some information for you.

See what you can learn about the song. It may give you a better feel for the name on the Gulf Coast.

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PS --- At the tender age of sixty, I still have have a ranch horse I ride. His name is Bubba. He is about my speed. In a pen of a thousand horses, if you were hunting the horse named Bubba, you would pick him every time.

BTW --- Bimbo is masculine. The feminine is Bimbette. From the Hank Williams song you might think it was a little boy. The horse was a Tom-Boy and tough as nails.
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I don't agree with the Wikopedia entry. Imagine my surprise when I first arrived on the golden shores of Italy and was immediately surrounded by the advetising word "BIMBO" for children's products, music and books. Everywhere! Bimbo has been commonly used in Italy as a coloquial slang form of "Bambino"... meaning "baby". Today you see "Bimbo" advertisements everywhere in Italy. While Bambino is the masculine form and Bambina is the feminine, as I understand it, Bimbo is used in Italy as a general form. I could be wrong here.

As I understand it, around 1918, New Yorkers adapted the word from Little Italy and started applying it to describe any individual who is child-like or immature. It grew from there to include persons who were stupid or grossly incompetent. "That taxi driver got us lost! What a Bimbo!"

Around 1920, the term was transferred regularly to describe a woman who was either "all looks and no brains" or openly promiscuous. The term stuck and has survived into the new century.

Interestingly, I also encountered the word Bozo in Italy...commonly used as a derogatory slang term to describe the "ignorant immigrants" from the Eastern Block countries in the early 1900's. Apparently, Bozo was a common name from this Eastern Block region...and "bozzo" in Italian means a cuckold or b*st*rd. It became a natural source of derision in Italy. Theoretically, this term traveled to the U.S. and came to be used to describe uncoordinated, stupid and oafish individuals...and on to a certain clown image that shall live through history.

Funny how our language works, isn't it?

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My home-mees in New York would call a male bimbos a “Rick” and the female a “reedda”
They would say what a dumb reedda she is, or yo don’t be a rick

My uncle was the only person I ever knew to say that word “bimbo” and he would say it to the ladies that didn’t care for his wolf calls.


Ellen I know your in New York but the words “reedda” and “Rick” is more used in the Bronx and Brooklyn, you know where the home-mees hang out.. ;o)
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On 2006-01-07 11:30, Maro Anglero wrote:
My home-mees in New York would call a male bimbos a “Rick” and the female a “reedda”
They would say what a dumb reedda she is, or yo don’t be a rick

My uncle was the only person I ever knew to say that word “bimbo” and he would say it to the ladies that didn’t care for his wolf calls.


Ellen I know your in New York but the words “reedda” and “Rick” is more used in the Bronx and Brooklyn, you know where the home-mees hang out.. ;o)





I'm from Queens and I honestly never heard anyone from Bronx or Brooklyn call someone Reeda or Rick. Although my brother-in-law Rick lives in the Bronx.
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Strange, I heard that the word originated from a once popular animated character featured in Paramount's "Talkatoon" cartoon series during the late 1920's and early 1930's. Bimbo was originally a dog who with human characteristics who walked on two feet (much like Goofy). It seems Betty Boop was first introduced in a Bimbo cartoon as his girlfriend. In this early incarnation, Betty also had doglike characteristics including floppy ears and a tail. Although she later became human, supposedly the word orignated because filmgoers still referred to the very sexy Betty Boop as a female "Bimbo". I have no idea if there is any truth to it, but it seems to make some sense.

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Ellen,

As a young cowboy I left home with two horses. One was Firewater who was whisky colored gelding off of an Indian reservation and he was totally reliable although he was not even caught until he was four years old. We used to claim that he was so fast that he could catch a train that left yesterday.

The other was a bay filly named Bimbo that would bite you if you didn't watch her. She was also a good resource for space exploration. We did go skydiving quite frequently with little or no prior notice. I found a proud new owner for Bimbo and never heard from either again.

She was named from an old Hank Williams song (Bimbo) and came from Montgomery, Alabama. That is where Hank Williams lived and is burried. I think the song still belongs to MGM. Accuff-Rose in Nashville might have some information for you.

See what you can learn about the song. It may give you a better feel for the name on the Gulf Coast.

Bob Sanders
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BTW --- Bimbo is masculine. The feminine is Bimbette. From the Hank Williams song you might think it was a little boy. The horse was a Tom-Boy and tough as nails.


With a little additional research, I found that Jim Reeves had the song in 1954. (Hank Williams died in the back seat of his car on New Years 1953.)

It is about a little boy. The lyrics are below:

by Jim Reeves

Bimbo, Bimbo, where you gonna go-i-o?
Bimbo, Bimbo, what ya gonna do-i-o?
Bimbo, Bimbo, does your mommy know,
That you're goin' down the road, to see your little girl-i-o?

Bimbo is a little boy, who's got a million friends.
And every time he passes by, they all invite him in.
He'll clap his hands and sing and dance, and talk his baby that,
With a hole in his pants, and his knees stickin' out, he's just big enough to walk.

Bimbo, Bimbo, where you gonna go-i-o?
Bimbo, Bimbo, what ya gonna do-i-o?
Bimbo Bimbo, does your mommy know,
that you're goin' down the road, To see your little girl-i-o?

Bimbo's got two big blue eyes, that light up like the stars.
And the way to light them up, is to buy him candy bars.
Cracker Jacks and bubble gum will start his day off right.
All the girlies follow him just a begin' for a bite.

Bimbo, Bimbo, candy on your face-i-o,
Bimbo, Bimbo, chewin' on your gum-i-o.
Bimbo, Bimbo, when you gonna grow,
Everybody loves you little baby bimb-i-o.

You never catch him sittin' still, he's just the rovin' kind.
Although he's just a little boy, he's got a grown-up mind.
He's always got a shaggy dog, a-pullin' at his clothes,
And everybody calls to him, as down the street he goes.

Bimbo Bimbo where you gonna go-i-o?
Bimbo Bimbo what ya gonna do-i-o?
Bimbo Bimbo does your mommy know?
That you're goin' down the road, To see your little girl-i-o?

Bimbo, Bimbo, Bimbo, Bimbo, Bimbo
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