Michael Newman michael.newman at QC.CUNY.EDU
Mon May 16 12:01:45 UTC 2011

I seem to recall skeevy from my high school days (early 70s) in NYC too.

Michael Newman
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Queens College/CUNY
michael.newman at

On May 16, 2011, at 7:13 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

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> Paul's mid 1960s recollection is undoubtedly correct, but (in another
> cautionary ex.) I did not encounter "skeevy" until the mid '90s, despite
> (well, you know).  I then turned up - via friends of friends - a seemingly
> trustworthy person (Italian- American) who was positive she and her friends
> were using it in NYC in the early '70s.  I never heard it at NYU, 1970-74.
> The year to beat in GB seems to be 1980, with very little else for many
> years until a post-2000 explosion.
> JL
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