Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Aug 27 15:10:31 UTC 2010

At 9:33 PM +0800 8/27/10, Randy Alexander wrote:
>For those who missed it on Language Log, Brett Reynold's of the blog
>_English, Jack_, has identified a new coordinator, "slash", as in
>"There is also a study slash guest bedroom".
>You can see Geoff Pullum's LL post here:
>Maybe some of the antedating aficionados can track down earlier instances.
>Randy Alexander
>Xiamen, China
>Manchu studies:
>Chinese characters:
>Language in China (group blog):
I'm surprised neither Geoff (well, maybe not that surprised) nor
(especially) the commenters mentioned the role of football in the
evolution of "Slash" as a sobriquet, in particular the original
Slash, Kordell Stewart, who was a quarterback in college at the U. of
Colorado but was converted to a multipurpose receiver/back-up
quarterback/running back/kick returner for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here's a brief bio:
Longtime Steelers color announcer Myron Cope, who had an inimitable
on-air style, dubbed him Slash and it stuck, now being occasionally
applied (as a noun!) to other all-purpose players.


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