the oldest surviving slang
JMB at STRADLEY.COM
Mon Jul 1 22:01:54 UTC 2002
I believe that "cunt," in use since at least c. 1230, is still considered slang. "Cool" goes back to only 1948 and "dope" to 1851, according to the OED.
From: RonButters at AOL.COM [mailto:RonButters at AOL.COM]
Sent: Monday, July 01, 2002 5:18 PM
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Subject: the oldest surviving slang
How about DOPE as in "Don't be such a dope."? Surely that is older.
In a message dated 7/1/02 4:16:21 PM, dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU writes:
<< On Mon, 1 Jul 2002, Laurence Horn wrote:
>I always trot out "cool" as the longest-surviving lexical item that
>has retained its slang categorization.
Works for me.
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