[Ads-l] "(jump) salty"

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 17 20:54:57 UTC 2015

On Sat, Jan 17, 2015 at 3:11 PM, Neal Whitman wrote:
> 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

Perhaps he was one of those DJs who picked up "(jump) salty" from Lord
Buckley's monologues, as Tom Dalzell notes in "Flappers 2 Rappers:
American Youth Slang" (and as I mention in the WSJ column).


Ben Zimmer

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