Derivation of the word oaktag

Mark A Mandel mam at THEWORLD.COM
Fri Dec 20 00:14:28 UTC 2002

On Thu, 19 Dec 2002 AAllan at AOL.COM wrote:

#In American Speech 59.1 for Spring 1984, Laurence Urdang has a paragraph

#He notes that in a previous issue (57.3 for fall 1982, p 189), David Gold had
#suggested that "oaktag" is a New York City (and Newark, New Jersey) word. But
#FWIW, it's not in the Dictionary of American Regional English.

I knew the word growing up in NYC in the 50s-60s. I'm pretty sure I
learned it from my mother, who was an art teacher in the public high
schools. She had herself grown up in NYC (born 1922) and was an amateur
artist and an interior decorator before becoming a teacher.

-- Mark A. Mandel

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