[Ads-l] Jazz Slang - _ictus_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat Dec 23 00:10:23 EST 2017


_wailing_ was _whaling_, before the shift of /hw/ to /w/. A common
expression from my lost youth, "hwale a hwile," were it alive today, would
be, "wail a wile."

On Fri, Dec 22, 2017 at 5:24 PM, Andy Bach <afbach at gmail.com> wrote:

> More of a tease than a discussion
> https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-history-of-jazz-slang
>
> But they mention _ictus_ which was new to me.
>
>    1. Prosody
>    a rhythmical or metrical stress.
>    2. *2*.
>    Medicine
>    a stroke or seizure; a fit.
>
> Origin: early 18th century (denoting the beat of the pulse): from Latin,
> literally ‘blow.’  "
> A Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English
> <https://books.google.com/books?id=IAjyQdFwh4UC&pg=
> PA590&lpg=PA590&dq=ictus+jazz+slang&source=bl&ots=_3KznNlP3J&sig=61XouNd__
> kZgQq4O7Vfoj3Zbchw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiI0aW-
> 0Z7YAhVOxWMKHR8eDKIQ6AEIjAEwEw>
>
> has it as: lawyer - A telescoped corruption of L. "iuris consultus" and
> there is (and was) an ICTUS Records that produces jazz albums.
>
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