mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Sep 22 17:12:06 UTC 2001
24/7 originated in AAE, as found in Smitherman's _Black Talk_ (2000),
--- Barnhart <Barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM> wrote:
> The term 24-7 is found in the Barnhart Dictionary Companion (Vol.
> 1993). It probably needs an updated treatment.
> No origin was speculated at the time. My guess is that it arose in
> slang/jargon of Silicon Valley.
> David K. Barnhart, Editor
> The Barnhart Dictionary Companion [quarterly]
> barnhart at highlands.com
> "Necessity obliges us to neologize."
> Thomas Jefferson-August 16, 1813
Margaret G. Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - English and Linguistics
& University Editor
Department of English
Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668
e-mail: mlee303 at yahoo.com or margaret.lee at hamptonu.edu
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