[Ads-l] What up doe--one last time (inspired by 'boresome')

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Mon Oct 3 08:28:41 EDT 2016


Seems like it, doesn't it?

French pronunciation of "What's up, doc?"

JL

On Mon, Oct 3, 2016 at 5:52 AM, Geoffrey Nathan <geoffnathan at wayne.edu>
wrote:

> Several weeks ago I posted about 'What up doe?', which I suspected had the
> same provenance as the examples Wilson cites ('boresome', 'choicy'); i.e.
> long-standing in AAVE, but recently noticed outside and therefore in UD.
>
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> Nobody else commented, so I'm asking one additional time--is it truly
> limited to Detroit, and only around since the early 2000's?
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> In my lost youth, *boresome* and *choicy* - neither of which my spellcheck
> recognizes, though MW does - were universally used in BE in place of
> *boring* and *choosy*. It was as though the latter were non-existent. Only
> one *serious* code-switcher - this writer - ever bothered with the standard
> forms.
>
> I was mildly surprised to see *boresome* and *choicy* in the UD with the
> usual, off-the-wall "definitions," as though they were slang. I was
> startled to see that *boring* and *choosy* are likewise in the UD and are
> given similar treatment. So...
>
> Youneverknow.
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