Daily Candy Lexicons I, II, III

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Jun 19 11:50:37 UTC 2002

I always took it as a genitive (and I heard it in the 50's).


         [Barry P]
#> #DAILY CANDY LEXICON III (June 17, 2002)
#> #
#> #"I smoke O.P.'s." As in "I smoke other people's cigarettes."

         [Mark M]
#> I heard this one at least as early as late sixties. It reminds me of:

         [Jesse S]
#HDAS has this to 1929, and "O.P." (not with the genitive) from decades

I take the /-z/ as plural, as in "Marlboros", not genitive.

-- Mark M.

Dennis R. Preston
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