[Ads-l] giving Aretha Franklin her propers

Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 27 19:13:53 EDT 2018

Of potential interest, my latest piece for The Atlantic, on Aretha
Franklin's use of "propers" in "Respect" (which later gave rise to "props")
-- soon to be properly recognized by the OED.


Matt Kohl previously wrote about this for the Oxford Dictionaries blog:


The other Aretha-ism discussed by Matt, "TCB" = "take care of business,"
can now be found several years before "Respect" in the newspaper databases.
Here it is in a syndicated column by Stan Delaplane ("Fans Make Up Jazz
Language, Then the Musicians Learn It"), quoting jazz trumpeter Art Farmer:

Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner, Feb. 27, 1961, p. 5A, col. 2
"We just try to TCB."
"What is that, Mr. Farmer?"
"Take care of business," he said. "You know. Be conscientious."


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