RE: RARA-AVIS: Origin of "Hard-boiled"

From: Mario Taboada (
Date: 21 Aug 2002

Captain Shaw, in his introduction to The Hardboiled Omnibus, says that, in his opinion, the adjective applies to characters and does not describe a type of story or fiction. This definition is flexible enough. Think things got tangled up when the "hardboiled detective" became an archetype. It was a small step from hardboiled PI to hardboiled mystery to hardboiled novel.

On the origin of the term, I would trust Mencken and his team; they were the first to study certain kinds of popular language.. Probably the Webster's guys took it from Mencken



"The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug." Mark Twain

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