NABOKV-L post 0019438, Thu, 18 Feb 2010 14:33:09 -0500

QUERY: Red Wop
A simple query. VN, we are told, found "delightful" the mirror words powder and "red wop." What does red wop mean? I read somewhere that it was slang word for cheap Italian wine. Is that right? If so, why is this particular inversion delightful? Is there some connection between powder and wine that I'm missing?

Matt Roth

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