LA Times article

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Mon May 14 18:48:12 UTC 2001

RACHEL ZIENTS asks Pamela Munro, "What word most
defines Southern California?"

>I don't think there's
>just one word. But I think I'd probably say "cool." I
>know that cool
> is a word that everyone in the country knows, but
>cool so perfectly applies. Yeah. You
> know, L.A. is cool ["good, unusual, impressive,
hip," >per "U.C.L.A. Slang 4"].

I'd say "cheesy" :).

--- Paul Frank <paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU> wrote:
> LA Times, Sunday, May 13, 2001
> She's Watching Your Language
> She still uses words like "neat" and "nifty," but
> Pamela Munro is very much
> a slang expert. As a professor of linguistics at
> UCLA, Munro's primary
> research actually focuses on American Indian
> languages. But while teaching a
> historical linguistics class in the early '80s, she
> asked each student to
> write down three current slang words--an assignment
> that proved so popular
> that Munro now offers a class just in slang.
> For the rest of this article, go to
> Paul
> --
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