off the wall

Mark A. Mandel mamandel at LDC.UPENN.EDU
Wed Jun 2 12:12:30 UTC 2004

Wilson Gray writes:

I assume that you're not familiar with the movie, "The Hook-Up," given
that this is a hip-hop movie about telephones. In fact, the movie's
protagonist uses the phrase, "I got the hook-up," as the slogan for his
business of selling cellular telephones that had "fallen off a truck."


Indeed, I am not. Perhaps if you had mentioned it I would have gotten your


And weren't we discussing only the fact that the derivation of  "off
the hook" in hip-hop slang is different from the derivation of the
standard English locution "(get) off the hook"? I was, in any case.


On this list, as on others I subscribe to, conversation flows in many
directions. It isn't always easy to see, or to guess, which of the possible
or apparent directions of a particular post is the one the writer intended,
and that's assuming that s/he meant only one, which is not a safe

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   University of Pennsylvania

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