[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at STANFORD.EDU
Wed Sep 26 19:25:01 EDT 2018


> On Sep 26, 2018, at 4:20 PM, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU> wrote:
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> from my undergrad years, 1958-62: "to ralph" was a (very) common alternative to "to barf", both sound-symbolic / echoic / imitative for 'to vomit' (and both attested from the 1960s...)

addendum: my experience was not just from 1958-62, but from the Ivy League -- usage from guys who seem to have brought the vocabulary with them from (mostly Eastern) prep schools.

arnold

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