bogart (verb) antedated (?) to 1965

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Dec 22 18:41:46 UTC 2012

On Dec 22, 2012, at 10:03 AM, Stephen Goranson wrote:

> Ebony v. 20 no. 5, March 1965, page 98:
> Youths Compile Slang Book to Develop Writing Skills
> [Chicago]
> .... Bogart: to muscle through— as in "Dig up, let's grab a boss broad and bogart our way into a boss jam."....
Proving the case on denominal verbs made by Eve and Herb Clark in their 1979 Language paper, that such verbs can take on nonce meanings recoverable in a particular context based on properties of the noun extension (or known attributes of the name-bearer, in the case of proper nouns).  Anyone hearing Little Feat's lyrics "Don't bogart that joint, my friend/Pass it over to me" would have been unlikely to recover a 'muscle through' sense.  So I agree with the (?) in the subject line.


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