The slang meaning of the verb "rip off"

Wilson Gray hwgray at EARTHLINK.NET
Sun Jun 6 03:57:35 UTC 2004

Thanks for the suggestion. BTW, back in the 'Fifties, I did my basic at
Leonard Wood, of which I have many fond memories, like the time our
company spent the entire night with flashlights policing up the parade
ground, followed by a full day of training in the 95-degree temperature
of August in Missouri. It was at Leonard Wood that I first heard the
word, "dork." At that time, its only meaning was "penis."

-Wilson Gray

On Jun 5, 2004, at 9:35 PM, Dave Hause wrote:

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> If you are hunting the book, it might be Dale Freeman's "non-books"
> "How to
> talk Pure Ozark...'Thout Hardly Even Tryin'" parts I and II which I
> got from
> the SMSU bookstore a year or so ago.
> Dave Hause, dwhause at
> Ft. Leonard Wood, MO
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at EARTHLINK.NET>
> Nevertheless, about 35 years later, while thumbing through a book on
> the
> vocabulary of *Ozark* English, what before my wondering eyes should
> appear
> but the citation, "kyahn. n. carrion." It blew my mind, to say the
> least.
> Unfortunately, I'm unable to recall the title or the author of the
> lexicon.

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