(RH)HDAS and the long haul
laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 7 11:27:26 UTC 2000
At 5:26 PM -0500 11/7/00, Jesse Sheidlower wrote:
>George Thompson wrote:
>> HDAS (I happily follow the lead of Jesse Sheidlower in dropping the
>> initials of the infamous publishing house formerly associated with
>> this dictionary)
>Longterm ADS-L members, or those using the archives, will know that I
>have always referred to the _Random House Historical Dictionary
>of American Slang_ as the HDAS. Also, Random House is still associated
Speaking of which, as soon as I got home I checked my trusty copy of
Volume II and found a nice antedate for that "Haul Off and Kiss Me"
"Then Lily hauls off and gives me a big kiss." --Damon Runyan,
in Collier's, 1930
There's also (in addition to the predictable cases of hauling off and
slapping, taking a sock at, driving teeth in, etc.) a 1918 instance
of someone hauling off and stretching the long tall bird on the
floor, a 1923 cite of someone who "throws up his job, hauls off, and
enlists", and even--from Zora Neale Hurston, the foremother of
"doodly-squat"--this lovely sentence from a 1942 piece in the
"We hauled off and went to church last Sunday."
As far as I know, none of these writers are Oregonians, so the
Pacific Northwest is still safe from non-violent haul-offs.
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