[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 26 22:50:37 EDT 2018


Somehow, “puke” is the only one whose use grates on my nerves.
Unfortunately, it may be the most widely used. I've come across it, from
time to time. in [Whatever] > Yankspeak lexicons and vocabularies.

On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 10:39 PM Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>
wrote:

> “Upchuck”, “puke”, and “heave" were also big around the same time as
> “barf” and “ralph”.
>
>
> > On Sep 26, 2018, at 10:32 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> >
> >> "to ralph" was a (very) common alternative to "to barf"
> >
> > I'm familiar with these two, plus "blow chunk" and "hurl" as white-guy
> > slang. Amongst the colored (of only my era?), the polite term is "throw
> up"
> > and the usual vulgar term, used to gross out the school cafeteria at
> > lunch-time, is, "vomit," very commonly pronounced "vomic."
> >
> > On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 9:59 PM victor steinbok <aardvark66 at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> >> Thanks. That was the interpretation that I had as well. I had acquired
> the
> >> verb a few years later, well post the undergrad years which, ironically
> >> coincided with Kavanaugh's. I had an excuse - my English was very
> limited
> >> in 1983
> >>
> >> VS-)
> >>
> >> On Wed, Sep 26, 2018, 8:45 PM Chris Waigl <chris at lascribe.net> wrote:
> >>
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> >>>
> >>> 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.
> >>>>>
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-- 
-Wilson
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All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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