Phat [was Re: gay/ghey/ghay]

Margaret Lee mlee303 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Jun 1 12:56:15 UTC 2004

I grew up in central Virginia in the fifties and sixties and 'phat' was a popular term among me and my friends (and FWIW, I am black).

Wilson Gray <hwgray at EARTHLINK.NET> wrote:

 Note also that my cousin spelled and defined
"phatt" and not "phat" and that this occurred more than five decades
ago. A whole lot of water has gone under that temporal bridge. It's
also the case that, until the advent of hip-hop slang, no form of this
word was used anywhere that I've ever lived - Texas, Missouri,
California, Massachuseetts, Pennsylvania - by anyone of any race or
social class or age group.
-Wilson Gray

Margaret G. Lee, Ph.D.
Professor of English & Linguistics
  and University Editor
Department of English
Hampton University, Hampton, VA 23668
margaret.lee at   or   mlee303 at

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