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Boz

Charles Dickens (1812-1870).

“Boz, my signature in the Morning Chronicle, ” he tells us, “was the nickname of a pet child, a younger brother, whom I had dubbed Moses, in honour of the Vicar of Wakefield, which, being pronounced Bozes, got shortened into Boz.

Who the dickens `Boz' could be
Puzzled many a learned elf;
But time revealed the mystery,
For `Boz' appeared as Dickens' self

Epigram in the Carthusian.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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