"slackard" = slacker

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 21 01:05:30 UTC 2005

>Just Googled up 1,700 of these.  Earliest (Usenet) is from Nov. 27,
>1998.  "Obviously"
>< slack(er) + (slugg)ard, but something phonological is at work, I think.
Could be it's not necessary a simply blend, but a reanalysis of
"slacker" as containing the deprecatory -ard suffix, also seen in
laggard (a closer match than "sluggard", perhaps) and of course other
pejoratives from the same general family, e.g. "drunkard".


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