"soup the professor"--1902 college slang (query)

Chris F. Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Sat Jul 29 10:37:01 UTC 2006

On Fri, 2006-07-28 at 20:50 -0500, Cohen, Gerald Leonard wrote:
> Would anyone have any idea about "soup the professor"? It appears in
>  the 1902 article on college slang presented to ads-l by Benjamin
>  Zimmer:
>  'A student who endeavors to get a high stand mark by favoritism is
>  said to be "souping" the professor or "bellyaching" an instructor.'

I'd have understood _soup_ as simply a synonym of _wine and dine_. Am I
totally off?

Chris Waigl

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