Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Clowns Scare Me

funny word of the day: bozo

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Inflected Form(s):
plural bozos
origin unknown
: a foolish or incompetent person

The foolish, incompetent person who made this word famous was Bozo the Clown. According to Wikipedia, Bozo the Clown was a clown character very popular in the United States in the 1950s, as a result of widespread franchising in early television.

Bozo was created as a character in 1946 by Alan W. Livingston, who produced a children's storytelling record-album and illustrative read-along book set which Livingston called a "Record Reader", the first of its kind, titled Bozo at the Circus for Capitol Records. Pinto Colvig portrayed the character on this and subsequent Bozo read-along records. The albums were extremely popular and the character became a mascot for the record company and was later nicknamed "Bozo the Capitol Clown." Many non Bozo Capitol children's records had a "Bozo Approved" label on the jacket.

In 1949, Capitol and Livingston began setting up royalty arrangements with manufacturers and television stations for use of the Bozo character. KTTV-TV in Los Angeles began broadcasting the first show, Bozo's Circus, featuring Colvig as Bozo with his blue-and-red costume, oversized red hair and classic "whiteface" clown makeup on Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

Personally, I am terrified of clowns and don't find them funny in the least!

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