jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Fri Sep 12 15:20:02 UTC 2003
--- Jesse Sheidlower <jester at PANIX.COM> wrote:
> Yes, but none of these are likely to have
> a word that even 30 years later is still regarded as
> offensive that warnings about its use are given.
Probably none of those would have directly contributed
- would have directly introduced the word into English
- and that is what you're looking for apparently, but
the cultural contact and interest was there.
Several who have responded to this subject - including
me - have never encountered the word. How widespread
is it's use in English? Identifying the group that
uses it, or that used it 30-40 years ago, will narrow
down the origin/vector.
... in the examples you give
> Western youth culture was interested more in
> branches of Eastern cultures than in obscene words
Who are you trying to kid? We're talking about
hormone-crazed youth. After the visit with the yogi
or the sitar lesson, BS'ing with a local over tea or
beer, that's when it would have come up.
> Also, with this deep interest in various aspects of
> Indian culture, are there any _other_ slang terms to
> come from there?
Focus on the group that first used it in English, and
you might find other, similar words. ("Guru" has been
around for a long time, but it seems to me that this
was the period during which "guru" came into popular,
> Jesse Sheidlower
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