"Break bad": 2; "break nasty": 0

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jan 30 17:23:24 UTC 2009

In HDAS, there occurs the idiom, "break bad." However, "break nasty,"
a slightly older idiom with exactly the same meaning, which, IMO, is
way cooler, does *not* appear in HDAS. I've hassled poor Jon about
this to the extent that he has promised to take official note of
"break nasty," at some point. [Here, I should note that I was just
shucking and jiving with all of that mess, Jon. You can just ignore
all the crap that I've given you WRT "break nasty."] Recently, a movie
has been released with the title, Breaking Bad.

So, "break bad" is in HDAS and in a movie title, whereas "break nasty"
has yet to appear in print, b n, 2; b b, 0.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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