Heatd on The Judges: _nub_ > "fist"

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Wed Dec 12 19:58:48 UTC 2012

Spoken by thirty-ish black male arguing that having no money relieves
one of the obligation to pay a debt:

"If I break my hand, what I'm supposed to do? Fight with one _nub_?"

Back in the StL of my lost youth, "to nub" was "to box, to fight 'fair
fists'." As a noun, _nub_ had only the usual, standard uses. Well, it
could mean "stump," too:

"If you put your hand on me, then you're going to draw back / pull
back a _nub_!"

I'm not certain that that use is truly not standard, though.


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

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

More information about the Ads-l mailing list