Heard on "Today on NBC"---(meaning of RC)

Cohen, Gerald Leonard gcohen at UMR.EDU
Thu Nov 29 21:57:55 UTC 2007

"remember correctly" (the last part of IIRC).
Gerald Cohen


From: American Dialect Society on behalf of Wilson Gray
Sent: Thu 11/29/2007 3:42 PM
Subject: Re: Heard on "Today on NBC"

What does it mean "to RC"?


On Nov 29, 2007 10:29 AM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at yahoo.com> wrote:
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> IIRC, to _lay dead_ has long had an AAVE sense of "to lie low." I associate it with the '60s or early '70s. If it isn't in HDAS, it's because I didn't think it was slangy enough.
>   Or else because I don't RC.
>   JL
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> Matt is questioning Magic Johnson on the amount of medicine that the
> latter takes daily to control his HIV. Magic answers that he now takes
> only two medicines a day "because the virus is _layin' dead_ in [his]
> body."
> Clearly, Magic means that the virus is _lying dormant_ in his body.
> However, this caught my attention because, in the 'Forties and
> 'Fifties in Saint Louis, we used "lay dead" to mean, "laze around the
> house doing nothing in particular."
> It may be a bit macabre, but I gotta tell y'all, the mental picture of
> HIV just lazin' around in Magic's bod doin' nothin' in p'ticluh cracks
> me up.
> -Wilson
> --
> All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
> come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
> -----
> -Sam'l Clemens

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