Contemporary slang bites the big one

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Sat May 13 22:30:54 UTC 2006

On 5/13/06, Jesse Sheidlower <jester at> wrote:
> On Sat, May 13, 2006 at 05:58:47PM -0400, Benjamin Zimmer wrote:
> >  *That really bit.
> This is non-asterisked in my idiolect.

Well, perhaps it deserves a question mark if not an asterisk. I see
HDAS has a relevant cite from 1978 ("Door-to-door really bit on a cold

--Ben Zimmer

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