[Ads-l] -ski, whatevski(s), broski

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jul 5 10:32:06 EDT 2021


A 1978 hit from an SNL episode is the earliest cite in Jon’s HDAS.  I assume that “brewski” was the clear sponsor of both “broski” and “bluntski” on phonological and semantic grounds respectively.

LH

> On Jul 5, 2021, at 9:33 AM, Joe Salmons <000008f18d0e0c45-dmarc-request at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> wrote:
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> Brewski may well be the oldest one of the set, yeah, though I don’t have any evidence on that, but it’s clearly become at least somewhat productive.
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> From: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU> on behalf of Alan Knutson <boris1951 at CHARTER.NET>
> Date: Monday, July 5, 2021 at 8:32 AM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Subject: Re: -ski, whatevski(s), broski
> Considering your location, I would have thought you had heard of a brewski?
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> Sent from Mail for Windows 10
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> From: Joe Salmons
> Sent: Monday, July 5, 2021 8:17 AM
> To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> Subject: -ski, whatevski(s), broski
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> SURELY somebody on this list has written about the -ski derivational suffix. I’ve heard/seen it in the two forms in the subject line – see ‘whatevs’ and ‘bro’ -- and Urban Dictionary points to broader use (“time for a bluntski”, etc.) I’m curious about how productive it is and what the origins might be. Intuitively, I could see some kind of Mock Slavic thing going on, but don’t know how to get evidence for that. Looking for basically anything on this one.
> Thanks,
> Joe
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