"go bazooka"

Dennis Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Mon Feb 25 15:40:05 UTC 2008

Even likelier in those areas (or for those individuals) who have [z]
rather than [s] in 'berserk.'


PS: Ooop! Forgot to indicate that the AE standard (i.e., my speech)
is with [s]. I believe r-less BritSpeak has [z].

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>Subject:      Re: "go bazooka"
>On Feb 25, 2008, at 7:21 AM, i wrote:
>>  ... "go bazooka" (roughly, 'exploded') was new to me, though you can
>>  google up other examples.  presumably extending the weapon sense of
>>  "bazooka", perhaps influenced by "go ballistic" and "go bananas".
>and, as jesse sheidlower has now suggested, "go berserk".
>>  so now we have another use of "bazooka", in addition to the musical
>>  toy and weapon senses (and, of course, Bazooka bubble gum).
>and "bazookas" 'breasts', discussed here a while back.
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Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
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Michigan State University
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