[Ads-l] Kavanaugh yearbook

victor steinbok aardvark66 at GMAIL.COM
Thu Sep 27 11:09:46 EDT 2018


I'll add sick (n) & [get] sick (v) as one of the milder euphemisms. The one
that has always bothered me is "kiss/[pray to] the porcelain goddess" and
I've heard a couple of variants of this but can't recall specifics aside
from these two. "Upchuck" is also a common evocative nickname for
Chuck/Charles (e.g., used in Daria MTV series). In my memory, "toss
cookies" was girlish/churlish, while "blow chunks" was definitely frat
language, but that might've been contextual artefact for me that doesn't
generalize.

The last one is "psychedelic yawn/yarn" (n)(I've heard both)

VS-)

On Thu, Sep 27, 2018, 9:05 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
wrote:

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> Except for "frab," I heard  every last one of the above-mentioned terms at
> NYU in 1970-74. HDAS III & IV would have rounded out the coverage, but TS.
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> And except for "vomic" (an old form), my white-guy experience exactly
> matches Wilson's testimony.
>
> If anyone needs to be told, "throw-up" is also a noun.
>
> JL
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> On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 11:38 PM Arnold M. Zwicky <zwicky at stanford.edu>
> wrote:
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> > > On Sep 26, 2018, at 8:01 PM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at UGA.EDU> wrote:
> > >
> > > "Puke" is as old as Shakespeare's time.
> >
> > ouch. yes; i should have checked the OED.  it looks like GDoS thinks
> > "puke" was neutral or merely colloquial (like "throw up" for many
> speakers
> > today) but then slipped into slanghood.
> >
> > but the point relevant to the current discussion is that "barf" and
> > "ralph" probably had some in-group cachet for many of the speakers we're
> > talking about.
> >
> > i do recall at Princeton that at least some non-East-Coast public-school
> > guys experienced "barf" in particular as new college slang, and "ralph"
> as
> > a more colorful variant of the same sort.  i think i got "barf" as a
> > prep-school guy thing -- i intersected with some of them when i was in
> high
> > school -- but didn't use it myself, because i was out of their social
> > class.  then i got to Princeton and discovered it was *the* collegiate
> > slang term, with "ralph" as a playful variant.  (there was a brief fad
> for
> > "frab" -- "barf" backwards -- as a playfully coded version of "barf".)
> >
> > if only i'd taken notes on some of the sociolinguistic richness around
> me!
> > i had some of the linguistics, but virtually nothing on the sociocultural
> > side (i later picked that up on the street).
> >
> > arnold
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