Fw: now and forever?

Bruce Dykes bkd at GRAPHNET.COM
Fri Jul 27 05:28:57 UTC 2001

> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Grant Barrett" <gbarrett at worldnewyork.org>
> Sent: Thursday, July 26, 2001 18:41
> Subject: Re: now and forever?
> > On jeudi 26 juillet 2001 13:23, Gordon, Matthew J.
> wrote:
> > >Is the use of "cats" in the sense of "guys," "dudes," etc. making a
> > >comeback? I noticed it in a recent shoe commercial featuring youngish
> > >African American streetball (basketball) players. I think one of the
> lines
> > >is "They call me the calculator, 'cause I'm the cat you can count on."
> > >I thought "cat" was hip in the 60s and 70s, probably earlier too, but
> > >died out except as the sine qua non of Sammy Davis Jr. impersonators.
> > >Is "cat" coming back into vogue or has it been used throughout and is
> just
> > >now being noticed by mainstream advertisers?
> >
> > I think it's fully back in. Young black men in Brooklyn are using it.
> when I
> > went to get a haircut at the four-dollar place on Tenth Street in
> Manhattan a few years
> > ago, a couple of the barbers-in-training--young, black, from all parts
> the
> > city--were using the word without any response from others indicating it
> was unusual.

 Yep, it's back...right after the recent Asbury Park (New Jersey) strife,
 local paper printed a quote from a guy (no demographics, sorry) that went
 something like 'Some cats are local, and some are from out of town, and
 just don't get along.'


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