the verb gank
thompsng at ELMER4.BOBST.NYU.EDU
Fri Nov 19 21:16:56 UTC 1999
Becca Greenhill writes: I have never heard the verb "gank" used to
describe the act of borrowing or stealing. I have several friends in
Northeastern KY and Southern WV who use the word "cabbage" in that
way. "Who cabbaged my lighter?"
"Cabbage" = "Steal" is quite an old word. I had noted a source from
1841, and was chagined to see that RHHDAS listed it from 1806. As I
recall, it originally was used by tailors to refer to stealing pieces
of cloth. This was the sense of my 1841 source.
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