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GUEST,Lighter 'Unexplained nonsense' in chanties (31) RE: 'Unexplained nonsense' in chanties 06 Feb 13

The presence of "John" + "-kee" in all three cases is striking ("Kanaka" was undoubtedly often pronounced like "kanaki" (as in the novel "From Here to Eternity," where it rhymes with "sake").

On the basis of phonology alone I wouldn't be too surprised in hindsight to learn of a pidgin origin or connection, at least between two of the three. But what that origin or connection might be, if there is one, is beyond me.

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