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

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jul 5 10:37:42 EDT 2021


> On Jul 5, 2021, at 10:32 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu> wrote:
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> 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.
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> LH

P.S.  “Brewski” is well enough established that there were always a lot of puns based on Tedy Bruschi’s name, given that “brewski” and “Bruschi” are homophones, at least since he joined our local football team, the New England Patriots, in time for their first three Super Bowl victories. He retired a decade or so ago and is one of the talking heads at ESPN now.  
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>> 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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>> 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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