OT from Oaktag

Millie Webb millie-webb at CHARTER.NET
Sat Dec 21 22:56:20 UTC 2002

Now there's a response with a phrase I associate automatically with New York
(or at least with American Yiddish familiarity): "Knows from X/Y/Z".  As in,
"What would he know from wigs/sherry/lightbulbs."  I love that phrase, and
would use it myself, if I were not nervous about either being misunderstood,
or seen as affecting a non-native usage.  Thank you, Larry: you helped make
my day. -- Millie

----- Original Message -----
From: "Laurence Horn" <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
Sent: Friday, December 20, 2002 3:40 PM
Subject: Re: Derivation of the word oaktag

> Not everyone from NY knows from "oaktag".  Neither my wife nor I (b.
> 1944/45) is familiar with the term--we've always called it "poster
> board".
> Larry

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