[Ads-l] jelly

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jan 16 15:16:58 EST 2017


Green's Dictionary of Slang has a remarkably early "jelly" citation from a
story by Carlos Martinez (pseudonym of Charles M. Martin), "Gats in the
Hat," in the Sep. 1931 issue of the pulp magazine _Gun Molls_: "'You’re
just jelly.' 'Yes, I’m jealous,' she admitted. 'I don’t like it when you
have your arms around that snaky dame.'"

Earliest example I know from rap music is the 1999 song "Waterworld" by
Handsome Boy Modeling School (with bonus PB&J wordplay): "Workin for
peanuts amongst jelly MC's, really ain't my steez."


On Mon, Jan 16, 2017 at 7:59 AM, Yagoda, Ben <byagoda at udel.edu> wrote:

> Urban Dictionary posted a definition of "jelly" as jealous as early as
> 2006:
>
> To be jealous of another human or creature.
> "mang, you gots the new kanye cd?!....GUUUUUUURL i'm TOTALLY JELLY !"
>
>
> Sent from my phone
>
> On Jan 16, 2017, at 7:28 AM, David Barnhart <dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM<mailt
> o:dbarnhart at HIGHLANDS.COM>> wrote:
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> Nice catch, Jonathan,
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> Age of the character caught speaking?
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> Happy New Year,
> David
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> 'Jealous.'
>
> 2017 _Sleepy Hollow_ (Fox-TV) (Jan. 13): You're just jelly because teacher
> didn't give you a gold star too.
>
> JL
>
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