[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Wed Sep 26 20:45:32 EDT 2018


My partner Melinda, who was born in 1956 and grew up mostly in Virginia (a
little, but not much, further out of DC than the people in question), uses
the verb ralph in this sense.

Chris

On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 7:25 PM Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu>
> wrote:
>
> > > On Sep 26, 2018, at 4:20 PM, Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at STANFORD.EDU>
> > wrote:
> > >
> > >>
> > >
> > > 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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