Toxic gumbo

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Aug 29 15:21:48 UTC 2005

Fox News Channel used it yesterday, in reference to the combination of dirt, oil, debris, and toxic waste expected to pollute flood waters from Katrina.

I wouldn't call this a "stunt term," just a metaphor.  An apt one, too.  "Gumbo" is widely used in La. for both a kind of thick stew and a kind of thick mud.


Barnhart <barnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM> wrote:
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This may just be a "stunt word", to use John Algeo's term for made-up
words that often do not have any longevity.


barnhart at

American Dialect Society on Monday, August 29,
2005 at 9:12 AM -0500 wrote:
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>Poster: bapopik at AOL.COM
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>"Toxic gumbo" is being used on AOL for the New Orleans "Katrina & the
>Waves" storm today.

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