trou (1970)

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Tue Dec 26 14:07:30 UTC 2006

On Tue, Dec 26, 2006 at 12:37:02AM -0500, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> Since this cite occurs in the context of '50s-style greasers (at a Sha
> Na Na concert), it's very possible that "trou" dates back another
> decade or two in U.S. usage.

I've always associated "trou" (with or without "drop") with
high-toned prep schools; I'd expect the Harvard Crimson use
reflects this, rather than the greaser act being discussed.

(Disclaimer: I haven't looked anything up, including the original
article for more context.)

Jesse Sheidlower

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