[Ads-l] Go postal

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun May 31 00:48:09 UTC 2015

On Sat, May 30, 2015 at 4:05 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>

> If Wilson and Victor are correct

Frankly, I'm ready to throw Victor under the bus, WRT to this one, even
though I wholeheartedly agree that "it could still take a few years for even
a virtually transparent expression to catch on." A casual Googling
takes "pimpmobile"
= "white [top]-on-white[ body]-in[side has]-white [leather upholstery]
Cadillac convertible stereotypically driven by the more-successful [black]
pimps, like Tommy" - the less-successful ones, like "Blood"* drove gold
T-Birds -  back to merely 1977, even though I *personally* coined the term
on a day in May in 1963! Well, I and probably thousands others, just on
that one day, the term being "virtually transparent," to coin a phrase. :-)

OTOH, HDAS has "cop a squat" back to 1944, though I first heard it only ca.
1952 and saw it in print only this month, in the novel, "Gathering Prey,"
by the cop-novelist, John Sandford.

*By the early '60's, it was already unknowable - if it ever was - whether
"blood" in its various applications as term of address or reference,
nickname, gang-name, or whatever, was a clip of "young blood"** or a clip
of "blood-brother."

**Those old enough and hip enough may remember the 1957 hit by The
Coasters, "Young Blood," composed by the legendary Jerry Leiber & Mike
Stoller, a song most definitely about a *girl*. That this was the case is
inexplicable, given that "young blood" has always been used in the 'hood in
its traditional Masculine gender, at least since I was a grade-schooler,
During The War.

On this Day in Black Music History - Page 84
Jay Warner - 2006 - ā€ˇPreview
[March 23,]1957 The Paragons' doo-wop classic "Florence" and the Coasters'
"Youngblood" (#8 pop, #1 R&B) were released. "Youngblood" was around for
eight years before becoming the Coasters hit. [Does this mean that the song
was written in 1949, even though L&S didn't meet till 1950?]

 _The term was "Brooklyn-eze" [sic] for "young chicks_."

That may well have been the case, but it's only a UD-ism, WRT any
connection with the use of "young blood" in BE. Neither Leiber nor Stoller
was from Brooklyn, IAC.

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

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