mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Sep 24 08:30:06 UTC 2002
When I was growing up (African American, Western VA, '60's) PHAT
stood for something more vulgar: pussy, hips, ass and thighs.
Perhaps M-W's is the clean version of the acronym used by people
perhaps offended by the former. I, too, am curious about M-W's
evidence of the origin of the acronym.
> lexicographer who got the most air time was never identified by
> but did explain to the world that M-W's evidence clearly indicates
> that "phat" originated as an acronym of 'Pretty Hips And Thighs'.
> this something we actually know, or even universally believe? Is
> anyone here (from M-W or elsewhere) willing to divulge what this
> evidence is? I'm skeptical, as I always am of acronymic slang
> derivations (especially for words that don't have a clear military
Margaret G. Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor - English and Linguistics
& University Editor
Department of English
Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668
e-mail: margaret.lee at hamptonu.edu or mlee303 at yahoo.com
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