"saditty" (snobbish) from "Saturday"?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 30 20:29:38 UTC 2008

Well, okay. I still have a problem with the phonological development.
OTOH, there's a very real possibility that there is no phonological
development, sensu stricto. Making up a word that's merely based on
the _possible_ pronunciation of another word, according to its
spelling, is hardly unknown amongst the colored. It's not at all
impossible that someone, as a joke, decided to use the pronunciation,
[s@ deTI] or some such, for "sedate" and it took off from there.

You never know.


On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 4:07 PM, Benjamin Zimmer
<bgzimmer at babel.ling.upenn.edu> wrote:
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> On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 2:41 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I can't imagine the least connection between Saturday and
>> snobbishness.
> Let's not forget that Bonnie Taylor-Blake found a citation for
> "seditty" from 1948 relating the word to "sedate":
> http://listserv.linguistlist.org/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0806c&L=ads-l&P=617
> Whether this is any more plausible than the "Saturday" derivation, I cannot say.
> --Ben Zimmer
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