In print at last: _break nasty_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 3 08:15:57 UTC 2013

The Wedding Man - Page 65
H. M. Trey - 2012
I kept trying to tell him to stop drinking because he doesn't know how to
handle his liquor, but that dude

broke nasty with

me. Jon screamed at me, “You can't tell me what to muthafucking drink.”

There's still a slight discrepancy. I know the syntax as

break nasty _on_

"The dude broke nasty _on_ me, man!"

But, a half-century is aa fairly long time bbetween attestations, plenty of
time for it to have been influenced by "get angry *with*" or whatever.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

The American Dialect Society -

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