Michael michael at RFA.ORG
Tue Mar 19 20:54:41 UTC 2002

as has already been brought up by others, almost every
instance i've heard in which "nipply" used, the speaker
intended to make a play on the word "nippy".

i myself often use the possibly-more-complete "it's a
tid-bit nipply out there"

i seem to remember using it before the chevy chase movie
though ...

and by the way -- wasn't "griswold" the name of the family
in the vacation movies ?


-----Original Message-----
From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
Of Bob Haas
Sent: Tuesday, March 19, 2002 3:44 PM
Subject: Re: Nipply

The first time I heard it was by Chevy Chase's character  ‹  Clark Kellogg?
‹  in NATIONAL LAMPOON'S CHRISTMAS VACATION.  That was in 1989 or 1990, I
think.  In the film, Clark suffers a slip of the tongue while talking to an
attractive, sweater-clad saleswoman in a department store.

On 3/19/02 3:15 PM, "Steve Kl." <stevekl at PANIX.COM> wrote:

> On Tue, 19 Mar 2002, Gareth Branwyn wrote:
> Oh, god... who was the comic that came up with "nippliopia" - the
> condition in which your nipples point in different directions (as the
> result of bad plastic surgery, I think).
> That's what this made me think of.
> -- Steve


Bob Haas
Department of English
High Point University

"Wherever you go, there you are."

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