slang use of "ransom"?

Bethany K. Dumas dumasb at UTKUX.UTCC.UTK.EDU
Thu Sep 4 19:18:29 UTC 2003

Colleagues, I have just spoken with Ken Ringle of the Washington Post. he
is interested in slang use of the word "random" as in "That certainly was
a random outfit."

Apparently teenagers in some areas (CA?) have been using the term as a
more-or-less value-neutral term for about 6 years. If you can provide
data or other information about this usage, please email Ken at
ringlek at

(And you might copy ADS-L.)


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