Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang [1992, 2005] ...

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jul 5 01:09:15 UTC 2009

On Sat, Jul 4, 2009 at 8:55 PM, Wilson Gray<hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> Another meaning peculiar to the elderly colored, I reckon.
> -Wilson

No, I've always known it as 'head louse'. It could have also included
body lice, but I mostly remember hearing it in the context of hair.
Well, also "catching cooties" from another kid, but I didn't know much
about the details, and I suspect most of my crew didn't either.

m a m
white and not elderly yet

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