[Ads-l] "a ... of strange" (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mullins, Bill CIV (US) william.d.mullins18.civ at MAIL.MIL
Mon Nov 3 16:08:49 UTC 2014


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I grew up in Middle Tennessee (b. 1962), and "get some strange" sounds more familiar than "piece of strange", but I've heard both in use (usually by white guys).

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> A white friend of mine from Middle Tennessee used to say "get some
> strange"  in his younger days (mid 1970s).
> 
> He's the only person I've actually heard use it. HDAS files have a
> couple of examples, but nothing before Peter Gent, 1973, "a piece of
> strange."
> 
> GB seems to have nothing till about 2005 and next to nothing after.
> 
> JL
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> On Sun, Nov 2, 2014 at 2:41 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
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> > Apr 8, 2005 - CunningLynguists - A Piece of Strange My friend, when
> he
> > was sick of the wifey and wanted to go for some other action he
> always
> > said I got to go out and get =E2=80=9Ca piece of strange=E2=80=9D as
> > in strange (different, new) pussy.
> >
> > Mar 14, 2009
> > I thought that this was a common saying (is it not?) and until I
> heard
> > the record, [A Piece of Strange,] and I saw the hot cartoon chick on
> the front.
> > I thought they were playing on this.
> >
> > http://qn5.com/discuss/viewthread/13155/#227222
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> > Yes, this, too, was different  the StL of the "50's. We used, "a
> > _taste_ of strange."
> > -Wilson
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> > 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.
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