[Ads-l] "(jump) salty"

Neal Whitman nwhitman at AMERITECH.NET
Sat Jan 17 20:11:37 UTC 2015


I first heard "salty" in a song by a (white) DJ named Scott Beach in a track on the album Dr. Demento's Dementia Royale, ~1980. It was an aggressively dactylic chant called "Religion and Politics," and the relevant part went like this: 

Then he got salty and 
Threatened to give me a
Punch in the mouth if I
Didn't shut up and I ...

http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Beach

Neal

> On Jan 17, 2015, at 2:02 PM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>> On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 6:25 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
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>>> On Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 2:21 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
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>>> "salty" has persisted in urban slang there [Philadelphia].
>> 
>> And wherever else colored people live.
> 
> Not so sure about this. I've heard various anecdotal reports of its
> continued use in Philly, Chicago, and possibly DC, but before its
> recent revival I believe it was largely unknown in many other major
> cities, including NYC.
> 
> --bgz
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