Today's Language Quotation

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Feb 17 04:02:03 UTC 2006

Let's see. HDAS has "bust a cap" back to 1863 and, as far as I know,
it has never been out of fashion. I know a version of "phat," to wit:
"phatt," from 1950. "Bood/ty" is another hoary old chestnut, as is
"get all up in that ass."

I wonder how long the new ones will last.

And yes, I agree that the quote raises some of the questions of the
ages. It's pretty funny, as was your punny intro, Jon.


On 2/16/06, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at> wrote:
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> Questions that should not go begging :
>   "Why is that one can busta rhyme or busta move anywhere, but you must busta cap in someone's ass?...How many peeps in a posse, how much booty before baby got back, do you have to be all that to get all up in that, and do I need to be dope and phat to be da bomb or can I just be 'stupid' ?"
>   --Christopher Moore, _Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Pal_  (2002; rpt. N.Y.: Harper Perennial, 2003), p. 110.
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