[Ads-l] assorted

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 27 11:26:00 EST 2017


> On Feb 27, 2017, at 11:17 AM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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> Didn't we "throw ourselves down *with* a sled", rather than "on"?  That is, while holding it beneath oneself, not while it was already on the ground.  Or more formally, "throw oneself down on the ground with a sled".
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> Joel

I honestly can’t recall the algorithm.  60-65 years is a lot of snow under the bridge.  But I do recall that there were variations—going down backward, or two on a sled, that might have created complications for your method.  What I do clearly recall is a traumatic experience when I couldn’t locate a tree to steer my sled into at the bottom of the hill into Riverside Drive and therefore steering instead into a very surprised older lady’s ankles.  She was not most pleased.  Dear lady, in the unlikely event that you’re on ADS-L at the age of 115 or so, I apologize (again).

LH  
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>      From: Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU 
> Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2017 4:55 PM
> Subject: Re: [ADS-L] assorted
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> From DARE entry, s.v. bunk, v. 1:
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> 1 To throw oneself down on a sled.
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> 2 usu with into: To bump into; to meet (someone) accidentally. New York City, esp Brooklyn
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> 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
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>> On Feb 26, 2017, at 2:57 PM, Mark Mandel <thnidu at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
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>> 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.
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>> Mark
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>> On Feb 26, 2017 9:25 AM, "Jonathan Lighter" wrote:
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>> RE "Trunk."
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>> IN NYC English, a vert frequent var. of "bump" is/was "bunk."
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>> Cf., perhaps, to "bonk."
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>> JL
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