Heard: "dog pound" > "dog pond"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri May 2 15:00:07 UTC 2014

Thanks for the reference.  The Dutch source (iffy as it is) seems more likely than the reconstruction of "slide upon", which has a definite etymythological ring.  I'm unfamiliar with the other items in Gold's piece, "potsy" (for "hopscotch", which I confess we boys wouldn't have been experts in) and "akie"/"akey".  The only word I have for the latter is "halvsies", which is not localized.

I was, however, all too familiar with the "game" of saluggi, which we've discussed here in the distant past and which is covered nicely at
It's basically like playing keepaway with the difference that you can't say "Let's play saluggi, I'll be it".  The rules called for saluggi to be non-consensual, with the goal of reducing the victim to tears.


On May 2, 2014, at 7:43 AM, Charles C Doyle wrote:

> In _American Speech_ 56 (1981) 17-20, David Gold discussed possible etymologies of "sliding pond."
> --Charlie
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> Poster:       Laurence Horn
> No relation to the "sliding pond" (= 'slide') we hung out at in the playground in NYC (from the Dutch?  from "slide upon"?)
> LH
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