"moded" from "outmoded"? [was: Re: new (or unfamiliar to me) words from undergraduates]

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Thu Jan 1 21:55:30 UTC 2004

 Might "moded" to designate failure/something stupid derive from "outmoded"--say, in clothes or music?
Gerald Cohen

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	From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Laurence Horn 
	Sent: Wed 12/31/2003 11:30 PM 
	Subject: Re: new (or unfamiliar to me) words from undergraduates

	At 1:18 PM -0800 12/31/03, Gwyn Alcock wrote:
	>The dorm in question was at the University of California, Riverside
	>(southern California). Speaker was from the Los Angeles Basin somewhere, I
	>The word was fairly widely used among my dorm-mates in the second sense you
	>gave below, not in the first sense, as I recall.
	It's beginning to seem as though it might be (or have been) California-based.
	>G. Alcock
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	>From: American Dialect Society [mailto:ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf
	>Of Laurence Horn
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	>Subject: Re: new (or unfamiliar to me) words from undergraduates
	>At 11:20 AM -0800 12/31/03, Gwyn Alcock wrote:
	>>"Moded" may be (related to) "moted", which we used ca. mid-1980s, meaning
	>>having done something futile, embarrassing, or generally stupid. I have no
	>>idea where it came from.
	>>Real-life example, spring 1986:
	>>Woman (a neighbor of mine in the dorms) yelling to the unknown thief who'd
	>>broken into her car and stolen the stereo:
	>>"Ha, ha, moted! Stole a car stereo that doesn't work!"
	>>Gwyn Alcock
	>Interesting.  For me, "moded" and "moted" are indeed homonyms, both
	>with a voiced flap, but I can't find hide nor hair of either of them
	>in RHHDAS and I'm virtually certain I've never come across either
	>before with this meaning.  Is this regional?  Where was the dorm in
	>question? Anyone else have an origin for this one?  I did find an
	>entry on an online slang dictionary supporting my student's (and
	>Gwyn's) intuition, but it doesn't help with either the distribution
	>or origin:
	>moded   adj   1. messed up, weird. ("My computer got all moded and
	>then it crashed.")   2. embarassed. Usually used after someone does
	>something stupid. ("Now don't you feel moded!")  Submitted by Emily
	>Marcroft, UC Berkeley, USA, 20-02-1998.

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