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Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun Feb 26 16:55:49 EST 2017


From DARE entry, s.v. bunk, v. 1:

1 To throw oneself down on a sled.

2 usu with into: To bump into; to meet (someone) accidentally. New York City, esp Brooklyn

I’m familiar with sense 2 from growing up in NYC.  (Born [1945] and lived in [1945-57] Manhattan).  Don’t recall “bunk” in sense 1, although we did throw ourselves down on sleds.

LH

> On Feb 26, 2017, at 2:57 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Oh yes! My grandmother (b. NYC 1888) used to say "bunk into", which I
> thought very strange. I don't recall hearing it from anyone else, though.
> 
> Mark
> 
> 
> On Feb 26, 2017 9:25 AM, "Jonathan Lighter" wrote:
> 
> RE "Trunk."
> 
> IN NYC English, a vert frequent var. of "bump" is/was "bunk."
> 
> Cf., perhaps, to "bonk."
> 
> JL
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