"hall of fame"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Tue Aug 2 16:30:33 UTC 2005

On Tue, 2 Aug 2005 12:02:51 -0400, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>

>At 10:13 AM -0500 8/2/05, Mullins, Bill wrote:
>>  "hall of shame" (Not in OED)
>...and then there's "walk of shame".  Any early cites, presumably
>from campus-based novels or Connie Eble's or Pam Munro's college
>slang material?

Last time we covered this, I found examples relating to expulsion from
military school back to 1980:


I only found the sexual sense back to 1991, which doesn't predate Connie
Eble's 1990 attestation (or my own memory of the term from the late '80s).

Hmmm, _Slang and Sociability_ used to be searchable on Google Print, but
the link no longer works:


I hope that's merely a glitch and not a portent of publishers removing
titles from Google Print. In any case, it's still searchable on Amazon:


--Ben Zimmer

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