[Ads-l] Liberman on Slang

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Tue Oct 4 07:06:38 EDT 2016


I tend to be skeptical of Professor Liberman's forays into etymology of modern words.  I don't know enough about the history of the word "slang" to form a judgment about his analysis here.  Can Jon Lighter and/or other knowledgeable people say something about whether Liberman's argument appears to be sound?


Fred Shapiro



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Subject: Liberman on Slang

Anatoly Liberman has a recent post on the OUP blog that may be of interest to
the list: "The origin of the word "slang" is known!"

         https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__blog.oup.com_2016_09_slang-2Dword-2Dorigin_&d=CwIFaQ&c=-dg2m7zWuuDZ0MUcV7Sdqw&r=sRkhHMQo6W5Ird1lkQFqb23bCfSHAR2XjUSUG53db5M&m=cHAoTYbmic27fL17JQ62E966jjGGC2-IuxEXKqbHPYI&s=jYcBd074KYDNluoteleV8BCtsi_lg28DHNltApik9Vk&e=

Robin Hamilton

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