Ben Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Dec 15 20:22:40 UTC 2010

On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 3:12 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at> wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 15, 2010 at 1:12 PM, Ben Zimmer wrote:
> > So it could have spread from East Coast b-boy circles to the West
> > Coast.
> And monkeys could have flown out of my butt.

Jeez, it was just a theory! Do you find it more likely that young
Calvin Broadus picked up "izz" talk from visiting the carnival? Surely
there was enough East Coast/West Coast cross-pollination by the time
he came of age in the mid- to late '80s.


Ben Zimmer

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