Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0023463, Fri, 16 Nov 2012 15:58:15 -0500

Re: Pnin's necktie
>On page 1 of PNIN) we read "His sloppy socks were of scarlet
>wool with lilac lozenges; his conservative black Oxfords had cost
>him about as much as all the rest of his clothing (flamboyant goon
>tie included)
>The term "goon" remains obscure but was apparently a slang term with
>the definition "(ice hockey, pejorative) An enforcer or fighter"
>{presumably applied to the team Cornell was playing against).

---------> His tie was probably something a gangster might have worn.

Walter Miale

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