[Ads-l] Dykeman, Gay, etc.

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Wed Jun 10 17:02:54 UTC 2015

On Wed, Jun 10, 2015 at 12:38 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>> On Jun 10, 2015, at 6:57 AM, Arnold Zwicky wrote:
>> with credit to ADS-L:
>> http://arnoldzwicky.org/2015/06/10/butch-dykeman-toni-gay-and-a-moral-panic/
> Nice discussion--and illustrations!  Re Ben's addendum and link to SNL's
> "Dyke and Fats", the excerpt (or maybe it was the entire episode)
> reminded me of the 60's "Mod Squad", with its immortal trio of Linc,
> Pete, and Julie: "One black, one white, one blonde".  This time, one
> gay, one fat, and one (well, their lieutenant) with great Chicago
> vowels.  As great as Dennis Franz's on NYPD Blue; unfortunately,
> detective Andy Sipowicz was supposed to have been a native New Yorker.

The "Dyke & Fats" sketch (http://www.hulu.com/watch/615369) was a
one-off from Kate McKinnon and Aidy Bryant. More on the creation of
the sketch here:


That's Louis C.K. (that week's host) as the lieutenant, and yes, his
Chicago vowels are quite good, especially considering he grew up in
Newton, Mass.


Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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