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You should have been at the barbecue held in Little Italy last Sunday. Picture it: moving up the street toward the house in a black jumpsuit was a blonde vision with perfect complexion and a figure to die for. Gleaming white teeth and a smile that would make you melt, poetry and music in her gait. Looking down you would see she had no shoes. The vision was none other than former Miss California, Carrie Prejean, recently dethroned, as all of you remember, by the king of comb-over, Donald Trump.

Yes, indeed, it was she in the flesh. She is a San Diego girl and has been dating an Italian fellow living down the street. She had come to be part of the festivities on Dove Street celebrating St. Anthony hosted by Frank and Rosalea Crevello. Prejean was charming and generous to a fault, posing for photographs, shaking hands, and just being an all-around delight to all in attendance. There were many mature men gathered about in the backyard. Upon hearing of her presence the stampede was on. You have never seen so many of them with such a spring in their step. What is the old saying? There may be snow on the roof, but there is still fire in the furnace.

The host, Frank, gave her a kiss. Suddenly a hush fell over the crowd. All eyes were focused on Rosalea, his wife, expecting a reaction. She just smiled. The party continued without a hitch. The former Miss California left as gracefully as she had arrived, in a cloud of radiant beauty. Well, folks, that's it. Just another day in Little Italy. Come visit and see your own dream walking.

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Duhbya June 26, 2009 @ 4:30 a.m.

"poetry and music in her gate." Ummm, borderline porn??? Oh, wait, "GAIT"! Still sounds drippy.

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SpliffAdamz_ June 26, 2009 @ 8:54 a.m.

You've got to be kidding me!!! This is the best Cali has got to offer some skinny , no azz , blond chick??? Boring!!!

"There may be snow on the roof , but there is still fire in the furnace"

Damm i'm going to have to use that one with the ladies when i get old and gray on my head!!!!

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jimmypowers June 26, 2009 @ 2:47 p.m.

Borderline Tabloid article....

"Paris Hilton showed up to In and Out Burger today, and ordered her double double, animal style"

send that to print.

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cabber69 June 26, 2009 @ 6:32 p.m.

Only a complete, slobbering idiot like Spliff calls California "Cali." How long has it been since you moved here from the midwest gangsta? Big tough guy.

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SurfPuppy619 June 27, 2009 @ 8:13 p.m.

LOL@ cabber69's comment-because it is totally true.

I went to school in the mid west and "Cali" was used all the time.

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magicsfive June 28, 2009 @ 5:41 p.m.

um, well now wait a minute...i was born and raised in san diego for nearly 44 years. I've called california cali, san diego is sd, diego or dago, what's wrong with that?

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SDaniels June 28, 2009 @ 11:09 p.m.

"Dago?" magics, really? That one I have not heard in polite contemporary society :)

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magicsfive June 28, 2009 @ 11:34 p.m.

...and it's just short for san diego. nothing more, nothing less.

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Duhbya June 29, 2009 @ 6:21 a.m.

SD: The word "Dago" was used by Navy personnel during WWII to indicate San Diego, as in "I'm doing seven weeks of basic down in Dago, then heading up to Frisco for assignment". Also, one of the early KGB Homegrown albums contained a song by Pete Filacio titled "Dago from Diego". So the term has been in use in SD for many years without the implication of adverse ethnic overtones.

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Joe Poutous June 29, 2009 @ 7:24 a.m.

The term has made it's way into hot rodding... A "Dago Axle" was is a term for a lowered or dropped front straight axle.

See this article for more info: http://www.jalopyjournal.com/?p=3972

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SurfPuppy619 June 29, 2009 @ 11:42 a.m.

The word "Dago" was used by Navy personnel during WWII to indicate San Diego, as in "I'm doing seven weeks of basic down in Dago, then heading up to Frisco for assignment". Also, one of the early KGB Homegrown albums contained a song by Pete Filacio titled "Dago from Diego". So the term has been in use in SD for many years without the implication of adverse ethnic overtones.

The ONLY time I have heard the word "Dago" used in conversation is when it was used in referring to "Dago Choppers" in Ocean Beach-never heard it used any other way.

BTW-does anyone know if Dago Choppers is still in business?

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magicsfive June 29, 2009 @ 12:06 p.m.

ahh dago choppers..i heard it burned down many years ago. i don't know if it was ever re-built.

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cece5650 June 29, 2009 @ 12:06 p.m.

A life long resident of San Diego, 59 years...the military did use the term "Dago" to refer to San Diego, just as "Frisco"is San Francisco, Los Angeles is LA, and I am sure countless other nicknames. Why does everything have to have a sinister meaning?!

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SurfPuppy619 June 29, 2009 @ 1:54 p.m.

That's right-Dago Choppers went up in smoke.

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magicsfive June 29, 2009 @ 2:32 p.m.

well cece i don't think anyone was thinking there was a sinister meaning, but i'm sure there are many people that didn't realize that Dago could also refer to san diego :)

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SDaniels June 29, 2009 @ 3:56 p.m.

A shout out to all my dago-loving informants! Thanks for the history :)

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Duhbya June 30, 2009 @ 3:36 a.m.

"The ONLY time I have heard the word "Dago" used in conversation is when it was used in referring to "Dago Choppers" in Ocean Beach-never heard it used any other way. By SurfPuppy619 11:42 a.m., Jun 29, 2009 >"

Well, then, you MUST have STILL been shucking corn in IOWA when "DAGO FROM DIEGO" was being in DAILY ROTATION on KGB in the EARLY 70's, or PERHAPS you DIDN'T get out of OB very OFTEN. Sorry, COULDN'T resist.

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magicsfive June 30, 2009 @ 11:28 a.m.

lol ok ok i didn't mean to start anything..give our friends sd and surfpuppy a break...i'm sure lots of people never heard of it. 1986 was the year i was such a wannabe biker chick and i had a couple of friends with DAGO tattooed across their stomach and i thought wow that is so cool...i'm gonna do that. well not on my stomach of course so i got it on my lower back (and hence, the lower back tattoo was born, i like to take credit ;) LOL. We learn something new every day. I learned that i would never cut it as a biker chick :D Next tattoo will be 619. that should be easier to understand ;) xoxo love to all of you.

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SurfPuppy619 June 30, 2009 @ 2:41 p.m.

Well, then, you MUST have STILL been shucking corn in IOWA when "DAGO FROM DIEGO" was being in DAILY ROTATION on KGB in the EARLY 70's, or PERHAPS you DIDN'T get out of OB very OFTEN. Sorry, COULDN'T resist.

By Duhbya 3

yee haw!

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David Dodd June 30, 2009 @ 3:20 p.m.

I grew up with the term "Dago" meant as a racially insulting reference to an Italian. Glad to see it has a second, kinder meaning.

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SDaniels June 30, 2009 @ 3:46 p.m.

I was waiting to see if someone would eventually bring this up. Especially with San Diego's rich Italian history.

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magicsfive June 30, 2009 @ 4:12 p.m.

Well i had never heard that until many many years after i had gotten the tattoo. i would never use a racial slur about anyone, ever. rest assured, it is all about san diego to me, and nothing more :)

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SDaniels June 30, 2009 @ 4:17 p.m.

No one thinks that about you, magics--and this is the kind of linguistic event that makes language so interesting, and so hard to control. It makes me wonder if the negative term "dago" was at some point appropriated with pride by a group of Italians to name some businesses. If my apathy lets up, I just might look up where the term "dago" came from in the first place :)

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magicsfive June 30, 2009 @ 4:19 p.m.

i was thinking the same thing, SD, i will have to give wikipedia a looksee, maybe they have some answers. xoxo

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SurfPuppy619 June 30, 2009 @ 4:33 p.m.

I just might look up where the term "dago" came from in the first place :)

Dago Choppers termed it baby!

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David Dodd June 30, 2009 @ 4:51 p.m.

The term "Dago" is going to be tough to get an absolute root meaning for where it came from. It certainly started as "Diego" - as early as the eighteenth century, sailors used it in reference to San Diego, but it was also a term used to refer to Spaniards (Diego is Spanish, obviously). I looked it up and I'll be damned where I can find it first referencing Italians, but the most intriguing idea is that perhaps, since Diego could be used to define any immigrant of Latin origin, that when the Italians first immigrated to the U.S. they took day labor jobs.

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Duhbya July 1, 2009 @ 6:05 a.m.

"Next tattoo will be 619. that should be easier to understand" I like it! Reads the same upside down, backwards and forwards. Hmmm. I thought the reference to "Dago from Diego" might help to explain the attitude of many Italians as regards the term. I knew Pete Filacio, the author and performer of the song, and he definitely was not Irish.

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magicsfive July 1, 2009 @ 9:31 a.m.

i'm glad you like that duhbya...you're right...i never thought of that..being the same backward and forward...duh right? ; i do loooove my san diego though..

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SDaniels July 1, 2009 @ 9:53 a.m.

A challenge...refried did you consult the OED?

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SpliffAdamz_ July 1, 2009 @ 10:06 a.m.

Sorry i'm not from the midwest dork man named cabber69!! But thanks for calling me a gangsta and a tough guy though ,it just lets me know you jocking DEEEZ NUTZ!!! Cabber69 just another tight in the azz person with his/her nose in the air acting like they shyt don't stink!!!! You've already shown you a fake charger fan now we know you don't even know how to rep the city!!! What other short comings in life do you have??? Speak on it if you dare!!!!

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SDaniels July 1, 2009 @ 10:16 a.m.

Hey Spliff, you're always on the library computer. Research the term "dago," for everybody and holla back?

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jimmypowers July 1, 2009 @ 11:09 a.m.

haha... there is more interest and entertainment in the commments than this article.

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SpliffAdamz_ July 1, 2009 @ 12:31 p.m.

Wow man we must be in the same room Sdaniels??? Where you hiding at in this library???

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David Dodd July 1, 2009 @ 12:52 p.m.

SD: OED calls it slang. I asked Larry Page instead.

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SDaniels July 1, 2009 @ 1:02 p.m.

Don't worry Spliff, tempted as I am to say, "hey, right behind you"--you'd know if I were there. I'm not at all good at hiding. I just remember you saying once that you write from a library :)

I'll check out some databases I have access to through school and hollabackatch'all later.

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SpliffAdamz_ July 6, 2009 @ 1:17 p.m.

I knew you was , because i seen your screen!!! I guess you are the only one you has seen me up close!! I don't think you ain't hiding , shyt we just in here blogging on the computer!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

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SDaniels Oct. 21, 2009 @ 6:21 p.m.

This is hilar-i-mouse. Spliff thought I was in the library spying on him... Spliffy baby, I was joking--but nevah mind--more importantly, where you at lately? Your connection change cities? We miss your style :)

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gofurry Oct. 22, 2009 @ 11:54 a.m.

My dream: Must have pulse. Breathing 12 - 20/minute.

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