"man or beast"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Sep 30 06:50:49 UTC 2013

For one, brief, shining moment in '50's Los Angeles, _beast_ was extracted
from this collocation and used among the young men of the local black
bourgeoisie as a slang-term for "girlfriend."

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 - http://www.americandialect.org

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