You say crip, I say gut

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Wed Apr 28 01:56:56 UTC 2010

"Gut course" at CCNY, early seventies, iirc where I picked it up.

m a m

On Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 3:59 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at> wrote:

> At 4/27/2010 02:12 PM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
> >"Gut" and "crip" were both in use at NYU to describe easy courses, but
> among
> >the people I knew "crip" was by far the more common.
> Uptown, "gut" was what I heard commonly at Columbia.  I think I
> didn't hear crip until here a day ago.  (Do we have another
> linguistic dividing line?  What was said at Hunter?  City?  Union
> Theological Seminary?  Jewish Theological Seminary?)  But then, I
> didn't talk to very many people.
> Joel

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