Milk Toast We Ain’t!

Madge and Billy enjoying Pinetop's Birthday Party outside The Shack Up Inn and Hopson Commissary in Clarksdale, MS, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Photo by DB.

Madge and Billy enjoying Pinetop’s Birthday Party outside The Shack Up Inn and Hopson Commissary in Clarksdale, MS, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Photo by DB.

CLARKSDALE, Mississippi

LISTEN TO THE RECORDING of the Delta Bohemian leaving Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta and headed to Oxford HERE: Poor William: We Ain’t Milk Toast

Poor William felt like pontificating, as he often does, to all you folks out there in Radioland. Have a listen to this impromptu recording (see the link at the end) while he and Magical were rolling along Highway 6, leaving their beloved Mississippi Delta flatlands in their rearview mirror (briefly) as they were headed to their other most favorite destination, Oxford, Mississippi, home of the Ole Miss Rebels, Young & Free writer Corinne Vance and their other two favorite spots, Kabuki (awesome sashimi and service made for a King and Queen) and PetSmart for MORE FISH FOR POOR WILLIAM. Word is they are up to 8 fish tanks in the Salon de Boheme! Most recent addition, a salt water tank. SWEEEEEET!

Also, Check out the photograph to the right which was taken outside The Shack Up Inn and Hopson Commissary during Pinetop Perkin’s Birthday Party.

LISTEN TO THE RECORDING of the Delta Bohemian leaving Clarksdale in the Mississippi Delta and headed to Oxford HERE: Poor William: We Ain’t Milk Toast

For those of you who don’t know what Milk Toast is or are just wondering….! Milk Toast

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Comments

  1. S. X. Ramone says:

    Actually, it’s “milquetoast” – and the term has been around for a long, long time… much longer than can be attributed to the misspelled version found via urbandictionary.com. Just so’s you know…

  2. (mĭlk’tōst’) pronunciation
    n.
    One who has a meek, timid, unassertive nature.

    [After Caspar Milquetoast, a comic-strip character created by Harold Tucker Webster (1885-1952).]
    milquetoasty milque’toast’y adj.

    WORD HISTORY An indication of the effect on the English language of popular culture is the adoption of names from the comic strips as English words. Casper Milquetoast, created by Harold Webster in 1924, was a timid and retiring man named for a timid food. The first instance of milquetoast as a common noun is found in the mid-1930s. Milquetoast thus joins the ranks of other such words, including sad sack, from a blundering army private invented by George Baker in 1942, and Wimpy, from J. Wellington Wimpy in the Popeye comic strip, which became a trade name for a hamburger. If we look to a related form of popular culture, the animated cartoon, we must of course acknowledge Mickey Mouse, which has become a slang term for something that is easy, insignificant, small-time, worthless, or petty.

    Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/milquetoast#ixzz1CTBoBMql

  3. Magicalmadge says:

    Oh wonder man, Cal! Thank you for this. You, too, SX. I had no idea. I’ve heard the term all my life.

    Uh…..I don’t want to be either….milquetoast OR milk toast! :))

  4. Cal, thanks for the clarification! It appears the etymology of MILK TOAST dates back to 1855 and the etymology of MILQUETOAST dates to only 1938! Good research! Billy

  5. Thanks to Pat Morgan, Pinetop’s Manager, for bringing to the Delta Bohemian’s attention that the event in the picture was Pinetop’s Homecoming Jam, not his birthday party. To find out more about the legendary Pinetop Perkins, please visit his website at http://www.pinetopperkins.com/

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