SPLASH or SLASH? [brass tacks]

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Thu Nov 22 21:55:09 UTC 2007

On Nov 22, 2007 2:44 PM, Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at babel.ling.upenn.edu> wrote:
> Nothing that early has been found in the UK, which casts the
> rhyming-slang origin in serious doubt.

Hmm, some sort of idiom blend?

"cast doubt on X" + "put/place X in doubt" -> "cast X in doubt"

--Ben Zimmer

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