[Ads-l] rude: noisy? frolicksome?

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Sun Sep 24 18:22:39 EDT 2017


Wilson Gray wrote:
>> The senses of “rude” as applied to human behavior are, I think, all
> negative.
>
> Except in BE slang , of course, wherein, like “hard,” It’s a synonym of
> “bad.” “Rude”and “hard”In the sense of “bad” go so far back that I don’t
> know f’ sho’ where I first heard them. The time-frame is between 1945 and
> 1950, though.

What does it mean in the title of Desmond Dekker's "Rude Boy Train"? (I 
love the sound of his voice, but I very rarely understand what he's saying.)

Jim Parish

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