thomas e murray
tem at JUNO.COM
Tue Nov 27 13:45:59 UTC 2001
A student has asked if I've ever heard the word "thoo" (I'm guessing at
the spelling, but the first sound is a voiceless interdental fricative
and the second a high, back, tense vowel) to mean something like 'of
inferior quality' or 'a bit below par.' The student heard it used in the
He's had one too many; he's just a little thoo.
_Great Expectations_ is thoo compared to _Bleakhouse_.
Both sentences were produced by college-aged African American males in
the context of a pseudo-intellectual literary discussion.
Has anyone heard this before, or provide any further information on the
Kansas State University
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