went walkabout

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Jun 25 03:33:29 UTC 2009

At 10:47 PM -0400 6/24/09, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>Perhaps I misunderstood who said what, and who was suggesting
>what.  I thought the TPM correspondent had used "walkabout".  But if
>that was only Laurence Horn, and the TPM correspondent merely said
>"hiking the Appalachian Trail", my comment becomes  --  did the TPM
>correspondent actually suggest that that would become a
>euphemism?  And (especially) for what?  Being absent from one's
>duties for five days without saying where one was (and providing a
>false explanation)?  Or more presciently, for being with ones
>illicit paramour?

No, the sequence was that the TPM guy (actually, "SP", who wrote in
response to TPM, as my earlier message indicated) suggested that
"hike the Appalachian Trail" could be a nice euphemism, but it wasn't
clear at that stage for what--the illicit paramour bit hadn't broken
until today.  I thought it was impressive to have noted a
euphemism-to-be in that way.  "Walkabout" wasn't part of SP's posted
message, which Ben provided the link to:

It is confusing, but blame it on Sanford, not us.


>At 6/24/2009 08:52 PM, Victor wrote:
>>There is something missing in translation--the TPM correspondent
>>suggested "hiking the Appalachian Trail" to be the new euphemism, not
>>anything referring to "walkabout".
>>Joel S. Berson wrote:
>>>Or was he just lucky?  The story put out (at an early time) was that
>>>Sanford was hiking in the Appalachians -- that could have suggested
>>>walking about.
>>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org
>The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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