[Ads-l] _to pimp_ "josh, kid, tease," etc.

Benjamin M Brainard brainard at UGA.EDU
Sat Jun 17 10:47:42 EDT 2017


Don’t forget the medical terminology, best discussed here:

Brancati FL. The art of pimping. JAMA. 1989;262:89–90

And recently reviewed:

Kost A, Chen FM. Socrates was not a pimp: changing the paradigm of questioning in medical education. Acad Med. 2015 Jan;90(1):20-4.

Benjamin Brainard VMD, Dipl ACVAA, ACVECC
Edward H Gunst Professor of Small Animal Critical Care
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Georgia
706-542-9383 (v)
706-357-0109 (f)

On 6/17/17, 10:39 AM, "American Dialect Society on behalf of Mailbox" <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU on behalf of mailbox at GRAMMARPHOBIA.COM> wrote:

    > On Jun 17, 2017, at 12:00 AM, ADS-L automatic digest system <LISTSERV at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> wrote:
    > 
    > Date:    Fri, 16 Jun 2017 17:00:06 -0400
    > From:    Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM <mailto:hwgray at gmail.com>>
    > Subject: Heard on Forensic Files: _to pimp_ "josh, kid, tease," etc.
    > 
    > Female Fort Collins, Colorado, police detective describing her reaction to
    > a phone-call from the police fingerprint-examiner:
    > 
    > "She said, 'I've found him! I've found a match!' I said, 'No! You're
    > _pimping_ me! You're _pimping_ me.' She said, 'I'm *not* _pimping_ you!
    > We've *got* him!'"
    > 
    > The examiner had eyeballed - this was back in the day - tens of thousands
    > of fingerprints over the course of six years, before finding the match.
    
    
    This was an extremely common usage in Des Moines, Iowa, where I grew up in the 50s and 60s. It was especially common in high school (from which I graduated in 1967).
    
    "You're _pimping_ me!" meant "You're kidding me" or "You're shitting me." I was in college before I learned that to pimp also meant to run a prostitute.
    
    Pat O'Conner
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