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Mo Mo

I went to Citifield last night and watched the Mets score five runs against Dan Haren and still lose.

“Whadda ya expect,” a fat guy in the Don Zimmer mold told me on the subway ride home. “These guys are a bunch of mo-mo’s. How are you gunna win with mo-mo’s?”

I had no words for him.

But I did learn that Joyce Randolph, who played “Trixie” on “The Honeymooners,” is Tim Redding’s great aunt.

Go figure that.

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1 Chyll Will   ~  Aug 4, 2009 9:26 am

I thought you already knew that... I came across that bit of trivia some time ago, but never found an opportunity to introduce it, figuring no one would care unless it was brought up in the context of a Tim Redding or Honeymooners-baseball conversation. In retrospect, I probably did have those opportunities but either forgot or wasn't around to bring it up.

Mo-mo is one of those words or phrases where you don't really know what it means, but you pretend you know so you don't look like an idiot to the person who said it and perhaps any witnessess (who just might be thinking the same thing).

I remember in seventh grade, which was officially my first year in junior high, I walked past a table full of girls in the cafeteria when one of them calls out to me; she says something I don't completely hear because of the din. I get closer and ask her to repeat it, and she says "I think you're a fox!" I got mad; I'm thinking whaddaya calling me? A fox? You think I'm an animal? And a thieving one at that?? Another girl, seeing that I'm getting upset, jumps in and says, "She thinks you're hot!" Well...(!) Now instead of being mad, I was blushing madly (if you can imagine), straightened my collar and strutted past the table with a proud smirk, trying to hide the sheepish embarrassment that was enveloping me, while catcalls and wolf-whistles trailed behind me. Ahh, to be twelve and calm before the storm again... >;)

2 Alex Belth   ~  Aug 4, 2009 9:32 am

I use the word Mo Mo most often to describe an actor who love musical theater and is always "on."

But yeah, it has different meanings for different peoples.

3 thelarmis   ~  Aug 4, 2009 2:14 pm

when i played in Little League, my nickname was Mookie. even though i was a Yanks fan, Mookie Wilson was my favorite player (after Thurman got dead). i played CF, wore #1, was the leadoff batter and was very fast. one of my brother's best friends, called me Mo-Mo. he came by the house to sit Shiva for my grandpa a few months ago, and he still calls me Mo-Mo! : )

that's really cool about Trixie/Redding. i did not know that...

4 PJ   ~  Aug 4, 2009 3:15 pm

I always understood "momo" to mean a stupid or idiotic person. It was also the nickname for Chicago Mob Boss Sam Giancana...

5 Mr. OK Jazz TOKYO   ~  Aug 4, 2009 6:54 pm

"Momo" means "peach" in Japanese..if anyone is listening!

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