Tramp Stamp

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Wed Jul 23 16:32:02 UTC 2008

Synonymous (perhaps distinctively Southern?) is "trash patch." I've been hearing that for at least 3 or 4 years. It's absent from Most of Google's 6,000+ instances of the collocation represent unrelated uses.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Wed, 23 Jul 2008 11:38:56 -0400
>From: "Baker, John" <JMB at STRADLEY.COM>
>Subject: Tramp Stamp
>        How old is "tramp stamp," the current term for those popular tattoos at the base of a woman's back?  The earliest I see is 8/19/2004 from the San Francisco Chronicle (Westlaw):  In the Central Valley, writes Lisa Hayes of Modesto, they call that tattoo at the base of a woman's spine a "tramp stamp."
>        That seems rather late, though.
>John Baker

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